Ch 20: DNA Replication Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The DNA Replication chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach how DNA copies itself in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the DNA Replication chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Definition of DNA replicationConservative, semi-conservation and dispersive models, experiments of Matthew Meselson and Franklin Stahl
Tuesday The function of helicaseHow the DNA double helix is unwound prior to replication, DNA helicase, replication fork, origin of replication
Wednesday How replication is initiatedDNA polymerase, RNA primase
Thursday How replication is completedReiji Okazaki's work, leading strand, lagging strand, DNA ligase
Friday Overview of the DNA replication processenzymes, replication bubbles, leading and lagging strands

9 Lessons in Chapter 20: DNA Replication Lesson Plans
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What Is DNA Replication? - Conservative, Semi-Conservative & Dispersive Models

1. What Is DNA Replication? - Conservative, Semi-Conservative & Dispersive Models

How do we know that DNA replication is semi-conservative? How do we know it's not conservative or dispersive? Let's follow the famous experiment by Meselson and Stahl to find out!

DNA Replication Lesson Plan & Activity

2. 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 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.

How Helicase Unwinds the DNA Double Helix in Preparation for Replication

4. How Helicase Unwinds the DNA Double Helix in Preparation for Replication

How does semi-conservative replication begin? Discover how DNA helicase creates a replication fork to unwind the complicated DNA molecule and allow daughter strands to form on the parental template.

How DNA Polymerase and RNA Primase Initiate DNA Replication

5. How DNA Polymerase and RNA Primase Initiate DNA Replication

How do enzymes assist in starting DNA replication? In this lesson, we explore the work of a contributing enzyme, DNA polymerase, and learn how the RNA primer is made by the action of RNA primase.

DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

6. 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: Review of Enzymes, Replication Bubbles & Leading and Lagging Strands

7. DNA Replication: Review of Enzymes, Replication Bubbles & Leading and Lagging Strands

Feeling lost in the thorny details of DNA replication? This lesson provides an overview of semi-conservative replication, with a focus on putting together all of the concepts involved. We'll review the work of each enzyme on our way to completing the big picture of DNA replication.

Enzyme Lesson Plan

8. Enzyme Lesson Plan

This lesson provides a broad introduction to enzymes, substrates and the energy of activation. A video, discussions, demonstrations and lab activities help to engage and instruct students.

Enzyme Inhibition Lesson Plan

9. Enzyme Inhibition Lesson Plan

Enzymes are an integral part of many cellular processes in our bodies. Your students will learn about enzyme inhibition as they watch and discuss a video lesson, create enzyme inhibition cards and take a short quiz.

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