Extracting DNA

Uncover the basics of DNA structure through exploration activities. Collaborative groups build DNA models and recreate the process of replication. Then, using plant cells such as peas or strawberries, they extract a DNA sample.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Begin with an overview of DNA vocabulary and function
  • Have pupils draw sketches in their notes as a summary of the lab investigations
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a specific set of materials and time for preparation
Pros

  • Includes an extension activity
  • Provides a rubric to assess the lab explorations
Cons

  • None