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Students study the process of DNA Fingerprinting and how DNA Fingerprinting is used in solving crimes. They examine a crime scenario that involves collecting DNA Fingerprinting information from blood collected at the crime scene. They analyze electrophoresis results from three suspects and the crime scene blood DNA to determine who committed the crime.
In order to understand DNA fingerprinting, advanced biology aces divise a crime scenario and analyze three different samples of lambda DNA. This creative lesson plan provides practice with micropipettes, electrophoresis boxes, and other science lab equipment. To conclude, hold a class discussion comparing their resulting gel photographs. This resource would be most appropriate for your AP Biology course.
Students investigate a mock paternity case and the use of DNA. In this laboratory instructional activity, students discover four different blood types and the likelihood of certain individuals being responsible for the paternity of a child. Students will discuss which person is responsible for the child and how evidence is used in a blood lab.
Students read about, discuss, and research chemotrophic organisms. In this chemosynthesis lesson, students discuss the differences between photosynthesis and chemosynthesis. They learn that chemosynthesis includes a variety of chemical reactions and they research some of the organisms that conduct chemosynthesis.
After some instruction, small groups prepare a written report on chemotrophic organisms. Though not clearly mentioned, this resource would work best if groups have the Internet available to research the vocabulary and different organisms on their worksheets. Have each group share the imaginary new species that they create!
November is National Novel Writing Month, so if your young authors are embarking on this journey, be sure they understand plot elements. This collaborative lesson fits into the context of the larger NaNoWriMo project; however, the ideas here are useful for any narrative writing unit. Kids watch CSI (or any familiar show) to review plot structure elements. They describe climax, falling action, and resolution, observing examples from a familiar novel. Partners work on plotlines for their own stories. The worksheet isn't included, but can be found online.
If there is one word in all the English language that gets me pumped, it's forensics. Young super sleuths and spies will love investigating the invisible ink used to write a secret message, considering and categorizing fingerprints, and using paper chromatography to separate mixtures composed of different pigments. Each of the three activities comes with background information and a full set of instructions for you to use as a single investigative lesson or on their own in chemistry class. Tip: Add a bit of mystery and establish a crime scene, the kids will need to work through each of these activities to determine who did it.