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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. 
In this "Double Helix" movie worksheet, students watch the movie "Double Helix" and answer twenty-four questions involving the movie, DNA and its characteristics.
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.
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.
In this protein synthesis worksheet, students answer 14 short answer questions about the process of making proteins from DNA.
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.
In this modeling DNA learning exercise, students examine constructed models of DNA and explore how it replicates. Students construct strands of nucleotides and examine complimentary strands.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
In this DNA worksheet, learners read information about DNA and messenger RNA. Then students complete 16 short answer questions and color 2 images.
High schoolers 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.
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. Very interesting!
Stop animation helps Jeremy describe the components of the Double Helix structure of DNA. This is actually a very informative clip which will make explaining the nature of DNA easy to understand.
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.
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. It is straightforward, educational, and contains explanatory diagrams. It earns an A+!
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. Finally, the DNA strands are placed into tiny tubes and hung on necklaces for biologists to wear home! If you can obtain the tubes, this would be a unique and memorable enrichment.
With the right DNA lesson plans, students can learn about the structure and function of DNA.

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