DNA Cut and Paste Activity

9th - 11th

Here is a cut and paste activity worksheet designed for older learners. They fill in the blank with information about the composition of DNA, then create a DNA strand with its complimentary nucleotide chain.

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From Gene to Protein-Transcription and Translation

Students identify the different steps involved in DNA transcription. In this genetics lesson, students model the translation process. They watch a video on sickle cell anemia and explain how different alleles create this condition.

Investing DNA

Eleventh graders create a DNA model. In this biology lesson,  students simulate the translation and transcription process using a chart. They discuss the importance of the Universal Genetic Code that organisms use to produce proteins.

Reading the Dna Code: Making Protein

Students study DNA decoding and protein synthesis. They use the amino acid table to translate DNA, break DNA strands into three nucleotide codes, and translate nucleotides into amino acid protein codes. They research the importance of amino acids for their bodies.

DNA Investigation

In this DNA investigation worksheet, students answer the questions provided and complete a brochure in order to gain a deeper understanding of DNA's structure and function in organisms.


Students study Mendelian Laws of Inheritance and differentiate between the different crosses.  In this Mendels Law lesson students describe DNA replication and genetic engineering. 

DNA Necklaces

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.

DNA: The Genetic Material

The various experiments and processes that were completed in the 20th century to further our understanding of DNA are summarized here. There are wonderful slides to popularize the scientists who dedicated their professional life to scientific research. The information about their work will educate and inspire students of biology and of science history.

Games and Activities to Teach Molecular Genetics

Young scholars demonstrate a working knowledge of cell interactions such as DNA replication, protein synthesis (transcription and translation), through active participation in a cooperative group.

DNA Replication

Students construct a model of DNA. In this genetics instructional activity, students create a paper model of DNA. They make complementary strands to show the semi-conservative method of DNA replication.

Electrophoretic Analysis: DNA Fingerprinting and Evolutionary Divergence

Students examine the principles of electrophoresis. They evaluate both the agarose and polyacrylamide system of molecular separation. In order to bring the concepts of genetics and evolution full circle from DNA to protein, students conduct a "DNA Fingerprinting" and "Genetic Distance" laboratory.

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