Ch 12: DNA Replication: Processes and Steps Lesson Plans

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The DNA Replication: Processes and Steps chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about DNA replication models 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: Processes and Steps 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 What is DNA Replication? Description of the conservative, dispersive and semi-conservative models associated with DNA replication
TuesdayRole of the DNA Helicase in Replication Division of nucleic acid strands, enzymatic function of the DNA helicase, origin of replication and shape of the replication fork
Wednesday Role of DNA Polymerase and RNA Primase in ReplicationExplanation of how DNA polymerase and RNA primase begin the replication process; description of the zipper model
ThursdayThe Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase ActivitiesImportance of DNA polymerase as an enzyme, differences between leading and lagging strands and roles of RNA ligase and Okazaki fragments in DNA replication
FridaySummary of DNA Replication: Semi-Conservative Replication Review of the key enzymes found in the DNA replication process, leading and lagging strands and replication bubbles

5 Lessons in Chapter 12: DNA Replication: Processes and Steps 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!

How Helicase Unwinds the DNA Double Helix in Preparation for Replication

2. 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

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

4. 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.

DNA Replication: The Leading Strand and DNA Polymerase Activities

5. 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.

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