The Enzyme Game -- a card game about enzymes



Purposes of activity:  To reinforce information learned about the function of enzymes (breaking down substances into their individual parts), to learn about 8 specific enzymes, to reinforce the fact that enzymes can only work at certain temperatures and pH levels, and (for students in America) to practice using the Celsius temperature scale.

NOTE: This game is meant to be a review game. Prior knowledge is recommended. (You may want to distribute the cards before you play, and let players take a good look at the cards so they understand which cards go together as matches.)

Target age group:  ages 10-16

Number of players: 2 to 4 is best, but up to 6 could be accommodated if necessary

Description of activity:  As seen in the picture, it is a card game with three spinners.  The goal of the game is to get sets of three cards: an enzyme, the substance it acts upon, and the subtrates (pieces the substance gets broken into).  The best aspect of the game (besides learning about enzymes) is that it is a game without "dead time."  All players are active on every turn. Also, the game allows for interaction between players, so it's great for "situational (social) learners" (kids who learn best in a social setting, not on their own).

Time needed: 4 players can play the game in about 20 minutes. 3 players will take more like 25 minutes and for 2 players allow at least half an hour.

Materials you will need:  Copies of the following pattern pages printed onto heavy card stock, paper fasteners (sometimes called “brads”), small washers (if possible, just to make the spinners work better), scissors, glue, and thin cardboard (cereal boxes work well and offer an opportunity to recycle!).

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