ERIC Number: EJ1045437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Interactive Hangman Teaches Amino Acid Structures and Abbreviations
Pennington, Britney O.; Sears, Duane; Clegg, Dennis O.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v42 n6 p495-500 Nov-Dec 2014
We developed an interactive exercise to teach students how to draw the structures of the 20 standard amino acids and to identify the one-letter abbreviations by modifying the familiar game of "Hangman." Amino acid structures were used to represent single letters throughout the game. To provide additional practice in identifying structures, hints to the answers were written in "amino acid sentences" for the students to translate. Students were required to draw the structure of the corresponding letter they wished to guess on a whiteboard. Each student received a reference sheet of the structures and abbreviations, but was required to draw from memory when guessing a letter. Preassessments and postassessments revealed a drastic improvement in the students' ability to recognize and draw structures from memory. This activity provides a fun, educational game to play in biochemistry discussion sections or during long incubations in biochemistry laboratories.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Educational Games, Memory, Pretests Posttests, Student Improvement, Molecular Structure, Biochemistry, Science Activities, Teaching Methods, Cues, Science Course Improvement Projects
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