Grade 9-10 Literacy in Science: Using DNA to Solve a Crime

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Scholars become detectives and use science to solve a crime! A complete unit introduces DNA and includes hands-on activities that have learners model DNA and extract it from different food types. A culminating activity challenges participants to use their skills to analyze crime evidence to prove the guilty party.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Meant as a complete lesson on the basics of DNA
  • Incorporate the performance task as the summative assessment at the conclusion of the unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Some lessons require specific materials and advance planning
Pros

  • Offers options of several links to use as resources
  • Includes graphic organizers to use during note-taking and research
Cons

  • None