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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.
Students participate in an ethics-based simulation. In this ethics instructional activity, 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.
Young scholars 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 activity includes background information for the teacher to use.
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. Use it as an introduction to the wonders of DNA in your biology class, then have learners build a model of the DNA molecule.
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.
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.
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.
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.