Science Skit: Enzymes

Science lesson idea: Enzymes Science Skit

Here is a sample skit by Marlisia and Trenorris, slightly abridged.

An enzyme, Trenorris Hammond, is trying to break up the substance, Marlisia.

Enzyme Trenorris: Listen up substance! I am your worst enemy and I am determined to break you up!

Substance Marlisia: And how do you expect to do that?

Enzyme Trenorris: Well if you don’t know, I am maltase the enzyme that acts on you, maltose, the substance.

Substance Marlisia: Why, what did I do? And who do you think you are?

Enzyme Trenorris: Well, like I said, I am maltase, and you are maltose. We don’t fit together. Therefore, I’ll have to break you up whether you like it or not.

Substance Marlisia: Well, if I don’t fit with you, why don’t you just go away and leave me alone?

Enzyme Trenorris: Because you are slightly bent. This allows an easier break between your bonds and there is nothing you can do about it.

Substance Marlisia: Well, if there is nothing I can do about it, then tell me this, is that good or bad for me?

Enzyme Trenorris: Well it’s bad news for you, but it’s good news for the body we’re both in.

Substance Marlisia: Are you sure there’s nothing I can do about it?

Enzyme Trenorris: No, because when the bonds between the parts of the maltose molecules break, the two glucose mo1ecuIes~are released, leaving the active site of the enzyme ready to attack the molecule.

Substance Marlisa: Well, go ahead then, do what you have to do.

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