A Whole New World of DNA and Proteins

Lead your young scientists into an exciting world as they participate in a role play and experiment focused on proteins and DNA. After researching the Central Dogma of Biology, individuals or groups participate in a classroom slide presentation before performing a DNA extraction experiment on common fruits to uncover the hidden genetic code that comprises their DNA. They conclude by discussing results of their experiment and completing practice problems to assess their knowledge of the material.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research additional ways of DNA extraction to have students experiment with as part of an expanded activity
  • Use vocabulary terms to create a memory game that may be used as a review tool prior to assessment for the chapter
Classroom Considerations
  • Assist English learners with homework questions and completion of worksheet to ensure DNA sequence is properly completed 
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Pros
  • Detailed script allows students to effectively role play while performing experiment
  • Includes worksheets and practice questions that may be completed during the activity or as a homework assignment
  • Lesson is divided into segments to allow for effective time management; this may be adapted and used for multiple class times or integrated into already existing lessons as desired
Cons
  • None