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Ch 5: DNA Lesson Plans & Activities

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Find simple and fun ways you can teach your science class students facts about DNA using the lessons and lesson plans in this chapter. Use suggestions and tips to incorporate enjoyable physical activities and research assignments that will ensure your students fully understand concepts regarding this topic.

DNA Lesson Plans and Activities - Chapter Summary

Teaching a complex topic like DNA and having your students engaged and fully understanding each concept is not always an easy task, but our lesson plan outlines provide ways that can help you accomplish both objectives. Find details about classroom group activities and extended research projects addressing such topics as DNA models, mutations, structure, replication and chromosomes.

Accompanying video lessons can be used in the classroom to further clarify material and provide classroom discussion opportunities. Have your students take quizzes found in each lesson to ensure they have fully grasped the concepts covered as you move from one topic to the next.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Ensures that your lesson plans meet common core standards.
  • Activities or games: Outlines classroom activities that provide non-traditional ways in which you can ensure that students learn everything they need to know about DNA.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Provides classroom discussion topics that help students explore more details about DNA concepts.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning DNA lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific DNA topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your life science class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related DNA lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of DNA.
  • Engage your students with relevant DNA-related activities, discussion questions or other materials that are found in the lesson plan outline.

29 Lessons in Chapter 5: DNA Lesson Plans & Activities
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DNA Lesson for Kids: Definition & Structure

1. DNA Lesson for Kids: Definition & Structure

Did you know there is a secret code contained within every one of your body's cells? Its nickname is DNA. To discover its full name and fascinating structure, read this lesson!

DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

2. DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

How does replication occur in the antiparallel DNA molecule? In this lesson, explore the significance of the leading and lagging strands, and learn how Okazaki fragments and RNA ligase make DNA replication possible.

DNA Replication Activities & Games

3. DNA Replication Activities & Games

DNA can be a complex topic, but these hands-on, fun activities and games can make it easier to understand. They can also serve as an excellent jumping-off point for more complex biological topics.

The Transcription & Translation Process Activities for High School

4. The Transcription & Translation Process Activities for High School

As a high school science teacher, you might be teaching your students about transcription and translation in RNA and DNA. This lesson offers some activities that will make this aspect of your curriculum more meaningful for students.

What is DNA? - Structure, Overview

5. What is DNA? - Structure, Overview

This lesson will explore the race to find the structure of the DNA molecule, the parts of that structure and how they fit together, and how this knowledge has been used to advance mankind.

DNA Model Activities

6. DNA Model Activities

Every DNA unit needs a DNA model! This lesson describes four fun and engaging DNA models that can be incorporated into your curriculum. Each model is designed to be completed in the classroom with everyday, household items.

DNA Projects for Middle School

7. DNA Projects for Middle School

DNA is a distinctive and important molecule. Students can explore DNA through a series of fun, hands-on projects. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Chromosomes Lesson Plan

8. Chromosomes Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces high school students to the chromosome. Students will watch a short video, conduct a hands-on activity and analyze multiple human karyotypes with a partner to gain a general understanding of the role of chromosomes.

What Are Chromosomes? - Definition, Function, Types & Structure

9. What Are Chromosomes? - Definition, Function, Types & Structure

In this lesson, you'll find out why primates look so human while learning about the different types of chromosomes and how they work. You'll also get a chance to see what a chromosome looks like and discover how many genes are found in the human body.

Chromosomes Activities

10. Chromosomes Activities

Chromosomes are DNA structures that contain part or all of an organism's genetic material. This lesson offers activities that will help your students understand what chromosomes are and why they matter.

Karyotype Activities

11. Karyotype Activities

As you teach your students more about cells and chromosomes, they will begin to learn about karyotypes. This lesson offers some activities that help students understand what karyotypes are and why they matter.

Introductory Life Science Activities for Middle School

12. Introductory Life Science Activities for Middle School

Do you need some fun, interactive activities for your life science classroom? This series of activities works well to introduce life science topics in a fun, hands-on way that students are sure to enjoy.

Basic Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques Activities for High School

13. Basic Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques Activities for High School

While the students in your classroom may not all become microbiologists, there are some fundamental molecular lab techniques that will serve them in biological sciences beyond your classroom.

DNA Fingerprinting Activities & Games

14. DNA Fingerprinting Activities & Games

DNA is what makes each person unique, and it results in every person having their own genetic fingerprint. This lesson contains activities and games for your students to help them learn about DNA fingerprinting.

DNA Mutation Lesson Plan

15. DNA Mutation Lesson Plan

Learning about DNA mutations can be fun for your students. They will watch and discuss a video lesson, demonstrate causes of mutations, present characteristics or diseases caused by mutations and take a quiz in this lesson plan.

Mutations: When DNA Is Copied Wrong

16. Mutations: When DNA Is Copied Wrong

In this lesson, we will learn how mutations, or errors in DNA, come about, what kinds of effects they may have, and how they can impact populations as a whole.

Genetic Mutation Activities & Games

17. Genetic Mutation Activities & Games

By understanding mutations, students will have an understanding of other biological principles. This series of activities allows students to learn all about mutations in a fun, engaging manner.

Chromosome Mutation Activities

18. Chromosome Mutation Activities

As your students come to a deeper understanding of cells, DNA, and chromosomes, they will also start learning about chromosomal mutations. This lesson offers activities that will help them deepen their understanding.

DNA Activities for Elementary School

19. DNA Activities for Elementary School

DNA can be an abstract concept for elementary students to understand because they can't always see it with their eyes. However, there are some funny, and sometimes messy, ways to make DNA real to your students.

Biological Determinism Activities

20. Biological Determinism Activities

Is human behavior dictated by society or biology? This lesson provides teachers and their students with ways to explore possible answers to this question through biological determinism activities.

Karyotype Lesson Plan

21. Karyotype Lesson Plan

Karyotyping is a very useful tool to help diagnose chromosomal disorders. Your students will learn about karyotypes and disorders as they watch a video and draw karyotypes for chromosomal disorders.

Replication of RNA Viruses Lesson Plan

22. Replication of RNA Viruses Lesson Plan

Students will understand three types of replication RNA viruses in this lesson plan: double, negative and positive. They will watch a video, answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

DNA & RNA Activities for High School

23. DNA & RNA Activities for High School

In the classroom, teaching topics relating to DNA and RNA can be tedious to students. However, if you break it down into smaller steps of the process, you can make it hands-on and tangible to students.

DNA Replication Lesson Plan & Activity

24. DNA Replication Lesson Plan & Activity

What happens during DNA replication? A video lesson provides detailed information and an activity allows students to create a simple model. Related lessons and additional activities will help you take instruction further.

DNA Structure Lesson Plan

25. DNA Structure Lesson Plan

Just as strands of DNA are the building blocks of life, use this lesson plan to build up your instruction on its basic history and molecular structure. This lesson plan will provide you with a text lesson to jump start your unit as well as a hands-on activity that allows students to build their own blocks of life.

DNA Lesson Plan

26. DNA Lesson Plan

Use Study.com's text lesson on DNA to introduce grade or middle school-age students to the structure and function of deoxyribonucleic acid. By the end of this hands-on lesson, students should have a basic understanding of the parts that make up DNA.

DNA Lesson Pan for Elementary School

27. DNA Lesson Pan for Elementary School

This lesson plan provides teachers with activities for teaching elementary students about DNA. Students will read a text lesson and participate in an investigation about their genetic code.

Genetic Traits Lesson Plan

28. Genetic Traits Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with activities for teaching biology students about genetic traits. Students will watch a video lesson and create a model using genotype and phenotype.

DNA Unit Plan

29. DNA Unit Plan

As you teach about DNA, you can utilize this unit plan with its activities and projects to improve the analytical, communicative, and cooperative skills of your high school students.

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