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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. 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.
Students 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 "Double Helix" movie worksheet, learners watch the movie "Double Helix" and answer twenty-four questions involving the movie, DNA and its characteristics.
In this DNA activity, students read information about DNA and messenger RNA. Then students complete 16 short answer questions and color 2 images.
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.
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.
With the right DNA lesson plans, students can learn about the structure and function of DNA.
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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
Learners 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.
Students 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. For 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.
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 is students have an edible model of the DNA molecule.
Students extract their own DNA from cheek cells. In this biology activity, students explain the replication process. They identify the structure and composition of DNA.

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