This activity teaches students to recognize organic monomers,
organic polymers, and name and classify them into the different
of organic molecules (Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Nucleic
- Here is the PowerPoint
presentation I use to prepare students for the
- Students work in teams of 3-5 players.
- Dealer passes out 5 cards to each person, and then
the rest of the cards face down in the center of the table.
- The first player selects one card from the face down
deck. If he/she wishes to keep it, s(he) must discard
their cards so that it is in the face up pile.
- The next player can select from either the face up or
down deck...one card!
- The object of this game is to get rummy by forming one
the organic polymers from one of the classes of organic
The table below shows how to get rummy. Note that each
have one water molecule to get rummy..this simulates the
reaction that occurs in polymer formation...hence the name
of the game
- CONDENSATION RUMMY!!!
- Prior to the start of the game, I usually give the
time to practice, and I leave the table above on an overhead
PowerPoint slide. When it is time to begin the rummy
remove the table from the students' view. Students
must play the
game with NO notes or the use of their textbook. I
then tell the
the tourney begins, that when a student gets rummy
from a team,
I will then choose one student at random from the team to
of the monomers (i.e. they are monosaccarides), the polymer
made (i.e. polysaccharide), and the class of organic
carbohydrates). If the student I choose gets this
TEAM gets a 10/10 for a grade, and the player on the team
who got rummy
gets a bonus point (i.e. they get an 11/10 as a
provides an incentive to prevent the team from not actually
game, and insures that ALL members of the team are ready to