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- Chelsea, MA
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Future geneticists use base pairing rules to build DNA and RNA polypeptide strands, and then explain both transcription and translation. Although the chains themselves are a little blurry, there is plenty of room in them for learners to fill in the missing complimentary base. This exercise provides essential practice when your class is studying molecular biology.
High schoolers see DNA as a physical building block of organisms and comprehend the basic structure of DNA and the specific components in its structure. They can explain the specific nature of base-pair matching in DNA and that DNA bases form specific sequences. Students perform an experiment in which they extract DNA from yeast and examine their DNA under a microscope.
High schoolers use COndon Bingo to decipher genetic codes. Students practice transcription and translation of codons while playing the game. They enjoy playing the game, while actively participating. High schoolers develop an increase proficiency at unraveling the gentic code found in the base pairs.
In this DNA worksheet, students review the base-pairing rules, transcription, and translation. Students determine the DNA complimentary strand and mRNA complimentary strand for a given DNA strand. This worksheet has 8 multiple choice, 1 short answer, and 4 problems to solve.
An excellent review of the very specific stages of mitosis, the detailed slides start with explanations of the directionality of DNA and then develop the concept of daughter strands. The intricate diagrams are intended for experienced biology students with prior knowledge of DNA structure. This would be an excellent slideshow to accompany a related activity such as blotting or electrophoresis.
After viewing this presentation, students create a complete set of notes to support their learning of DNA replication. Each slide has information on a step in DNA synthesis process. The slides focus primarily on the processes rather than the chemistry behind each procedure. Some of the diagrams have areas for the teacher to fill in descriptions at certain stages in the lecture.
Students create models of DNA and RNA using string and beads. For this genetics lesson, students use beads representing the four nitrogenous bases of DNA to create a portion of a strand of DNA and it's corresponding RNA. Then, students examine how many of their strands it would take to represent and actual strand of DNA and the number of bases it has.
With paper DNA patterns, budding biologists model translation and base-pair substitution within sequences. Through these activities, they examine how mutations can result in genetic disorders. The modeling that occurs is an enlightening and tactile method for learning about transcription and replication. Type up the instructions and discussion questions on a student handout to make your lesson flow.
Oh yes! Here is an all-encompassing seven-page learning exercise that summarizes DNA processes and problems. Fifty questions review DNA structure, protein synthesis, and mutations with the aid of concise diagrams. This is so well-written that it could not only be used as a unit review, but also as a unit exam. You will simply need to white out the instructions at the top of the page that mention a specific test date before using this in your classroom.