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Great Discoveries in Science: The Double Helix
Take a trip with Watson and Crick as they struggle to determine the structure of the DNA molecule. In this beautiful documentary, biology students learn the history of this revolutionary discovery, and even hear from James Watson himself! Along with this featured film, find other comprehensive resources on DNA structure: film guides, teacher guide, and several animations.
17 mins 8th - 12th Science 10 Views 9 Downloads
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. Three billion of these base pairs code for any protein present in your body. Learners will find genes more relevant when they learn a gene is actually the collection of bases that code for a chain of amino acids.
28 mins 10th - 12th Science 24 Views 55 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 23 Views 66 Downloads
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.
9th - 11th Science 8 Views 43 Downloads
The Twisting Tale of DNA
Introduce biology classes to the structure of DNA, the role of genes, and how mutations occur with this nifty resource. After viewing an animated video, discuss the accompanying Think questions and then explore the myriad of additional resources that can be accessed through the Dig Deeper feature with your life scientists.
4 mins 6th - 12th Science 35 Views 28 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
DNA's Discovery and Structure
The history of our understanding of the DNA molecule is surveyed through the first half of this presentation. Once Watson and Crick are introduced, the focus shifts gears to the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule. That is all that you will find in this brief, but befitting set of slides.
7th - 12th Science 9 Views 44 Downloads
Nucleic Acids ~ Information Storage and Energy Transfer
This is a polished presentation of the nucleic acids. It is unique in that it examines both the genetic material and the energy molecules. Usually these are addressed separately even though they are both nucleic acids. This approach is most appropriate for your biochemistry buffs.
9th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 15 Downloads
Welcome to the complex biological story that is our life. Great visual imagery zooms in on the dissection of a DNA double helix in our body. What happens with RNA? Where do amino acids come in? This resource explores our inner workings on the molecular level.
4 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
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.
8th - 10th Science 6 Views 31 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 13 Views 46 Downloads
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.
18 mins 10th - 12th Science 8 Views 32 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 6 Views 48 Downloads
Three steps are needed to extract DNA from learners' inner cheek cells. The procedure and reasons for each step are explained. As enzymes work on the cells, a series of questions are answered regarding the structure of the DNA molecule. As the third step is in process, questions about DNA replication are also addressed.
9th - Higher Ed Science 40 Views 82 Downloads
The Race for the Double Helix
Learners participate in an ethics-based simulation. In this ethics lesson, students role play research scientists working to decipher a code. Learners work in small collaborative groups and must interact with other small groups to decipher the codes.
11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
Directed Reading Section: The Structure of DNA
Molecular biology masters match terms with descriptions of the components of DNA. They relate other vocabulary terms to each other and they answer questions about the scientists who contributed to our understanding of DNA structure. This is a photocopy of a Holt Biology instructional activity, but you can assign it as a review, no matter which text your class is using.
9th - 12th Science 8 Views 19 Downloads