The RNA Decoder Ring: Deciphering the Language of Life

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Secret messages aren't just for spies, your body also uses them to write your proteins. After assembling an RNA decoder ring, pupils practice transcribing DNA to mRNA, then translate the mRNA to amino acid sequence instructions. The resource includes many activities including translating, writing your own code, understanding mutations, and properties of proteins.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect the thought question to permutations and challenge scholars to create a five-letter word with the largest number of permutations possible
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of DNA structure, transcription, translation, base-pairing rules for DNA, genes, and mutations
  • Calls for close supervision when using sharp tools
Pros

  • Provides cross-curricular connections to math and science
  • Easily adaptable to higher or lower ability pupils
  • Highlights new vocabulary words
Cons

  • None