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The picture of the DNA double helix provides a logical start to describing how the base pairs match up and how the order codes for a chain of protein molecules. 3 billion of these base pairs code for any protein present in your body. Students will find genes more relevant when they learn a gene is actually the collection of bases that code for a chain of amino acids
A lively presentation presents general facts and history of nucleic acids in a note-taking format. Every slide contains colorful photos or graphics to illuminate and engage. Biology aces learn about the function and structure of these essential molecules. After showing this presentation, have them create models of the double helix out of various craft materials.
The Structure of DNA
High schoolers describe the structure of the double helix, explain how DNA copies itself, and recognize that the sequence of DNA is what makes each individual unique.
The Race for the Double Helix
Students participate in an ethics-based simulation. In this ethics lesson, students role play research scientists working to decipher a code. Students work in small collaborative groups and must interact with other small groups to decipher the codes. Students discuss the provided questions to debrief following the simulation.
Double Helix Study Guide
For this "Double Helix" movie worksheet, students watch the movie "Double Helix" and answer twenty-four questions involving the movie, DNA and its characteristics.
DNA - The Double Helix
In this DNA worksheet, high schoolers read information about DNA and messenger RNA. Then students complete 16 short answer questions and color 2 images.
The Double Helix: The Alphabet of the Human Genome
Students investigate the concept of The Human Genome Project and conduct research using the internet and other resources. The information is used in order to create the context for class activities and discussion. The lesson includes background information for the teacher to use.
Climbing the Double Helix: DNA Lesson Plans
With the right DNA lesson plans, students can learn about the structure and function of DNA.
Chromosomes, Chromatids, Chromatin, etc.
See how the strands of DNA separate and become a template for a replica to be incorporated in a new cell! The microbiology and biochemistry of the process is detailed. This lecture refers to the concepts of transcription and translation when making a protein. These are very involved processes. Consequently, this might be more useful as a supplement to a lesson versus as an independent study. It is also difficult to find this topic relevant to other work because the details can be dry.
In this DNA learning exercise, students identify the different parts of the DNA and color them. They complete 16 short answer and fill in the blank questions on DNA.
Games and Activities to Teach Molecular Genetics
High schoolers demonstrate a working knowledge of cell interactions such as DNA replication, protein synthesis (transcription and translation), through active participation in a cooperative group.
A concise and instructive presentation on nucleic acids will be a valuable teaching tool in your chemistry or biology classes. Beautiful diagrams clarify the structure of nucleotides in DNA and RNA and the double helix arrangement of the DNA molecule.
DNA. RNA, and Proteins
A comprehensive five-page quiz or study guide covering DNA and its related processes. Young geneticists will need a strong understanding in order to complete this handout, which includes multiple choice, matching, compare/contrast, and short answer.
Nucleic Acids: information storage
This sequence of slides covers each main macromolecule that is involved with human structure and function. The history of nucleotide research and the way that they are formed is summarized, a diagram accompanies the explanation. The main examples of their function are listed.
Learning the Structure and Function of DNA
Students read about Humane Genome Project, examine structure and function of DNA, and participate in gel-electrophoresis lab. They complete Internet activity to test their knowledge of DNA.
DNA Extraction from Yeast Cells
Students explore DNA. They work in groups and mix prepared detergent/ salt solution, meat tenderizer solution, Fleischman's yeast and water to extract DNA from yeast. Observations are recorded.
Young scholars delve into a study of DNA. In this science lesson plan, students gain an understanding of DNA, which is the genetic material for every person and every other living thing.
Students explore the structure of DNA and build a model. In this DNA lesson plan, students complete a chart with the molecules that make up both DNA and RNA nucleotides. Students draw and color pieces of the molecule such as the hydrogen bonds and the bases. Students construct a model of DNA using plastic pieces to form a double helix and answer questions about the backbone and the bases of DNA.
Concept Mapping: Discovery of DNA Structure
Sometimes a graphic organizer really helps learners grasp related concepts. On this short and simple worksheet, biology learners complete a concept map that encompasses the history of our understanding of DNA structure as well as the basics of the double helix molecule. Use this when you are teaching the topic, or hand it out as a quick review afterwards.
Have Your DNA and Eat It Too
Students investigate the structure and purpose of the DNA molecule. It is constructed with edible products as they are taught about the different proteins that make up the DNA. The outcome of the lesson plan is students have an edible model of the DNA molecule.