DNA, Hot Pockets, and the Longest Word Ever

Show learners how DNA transcription works with a video that details the step-by-step instructions required to copy genes, and how cells follow those instructions, via translation, to produce proteins and enzymes that help build further cell materials. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Preview the video and script questions throughout; pair learners and pause the video, asking questions and discussing the processes covered
  • Video contains a lot of vocabulary; help review these words by using Frayer models, word walls, or other vocabulary tools
Classroom Considerations

  • Video 11 in a series of 40

  • The narrator relates DNA transcription to figuring out how to make a Hot Pocket; a funny and engaging analogy for high schoolers 
  • Video does include a table of contents, allowing teachers to show segments or pause it at specific places for discussion

  • The narrator moves quickly through the complex processes of transcription and translation which may overwhelm some viewers
Common Core