Anatomy of a Pizza

My colleagues have been using the McMush lab to test for the presence of macromolecules in a Happy Meal, but it honestly makes me gag, so I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement. Then today, I serendipitously found both this image and this resource!!! Pizza truly is the best thing ever.

pizza salad

Basically, in this activity, students dissect a slice of pizza and determine which food group each part comes from, the average portion size of each of the components, and then the caloric value of them.



fold it

Super cool video game to not only teach kids how protein folding works, but it actually helps to figure out the 3D structures of proteins that we don’t know yet so we can help to treat human disease. SO COOL!!!

Check it out here.

Why Do Onions Make Us Cry?

onions make us cry.png

Apparently, it’s all in the enzymes… when you cut open an onion, you break the cell walls, which releases a bunch of chemicals into the open and allows enzyme to make what’s essentially the scientific version of tear gas… which led some other scientists to genetically modify an onion to be “tear less.” Who knew?

Read more here.


Using Snake Venom to Teach Protein Folding!!!

snake venom protein

I just found this article and CAN’T WAIT to try it out in the classroom. They’ve basically found the 3D protein structure of an enzyme in the South American snake’s venom, and are using this to teach the 4 levels of protein structure!!! Click here to read more.

How’s that for kickin’ it up a notch? 🙂


When you burn off the fat, where does it go?

This is a great article by NPR on a question pertinent to most of us trying to lose that extra holiday ‘couple:

When you burn off the fat, where does it go?

I’ve used it as an introduction to macromolecules and cellular respiration, but it’s also a great side article that gets students thinking about what being on a diet and weight loss really is.