Lesson Plan

DNA Structure, Function and Replication

Before a cell replicates, its DNA must replicate. Take advantage of a hands-on guided lesson to teach budding scientists how this happens. Using a set of nucleotide cards, learners become the DNA and work to create matching strands following the base-pairing rules. A helpful handout guides pupils to sound conclusions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use at the beginning of a unit on DNA or at the end as a review
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials and time for set up
  • Learners should have a solid understanding of the components that make up a strand of DNA
  • Offers links to important background information
  • Provides all necessary materials and handouts
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