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Below is a sample breakdown of the DNA and RNA Overview 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.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids and Phosphodiester Bonds||The functions of nucleic acids and DNA|
|Tuesday||DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids and Phosphodiester Bonds||The nucleotide's three parts|
|Wednesday||DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine and Complementary Base Pairing||DNA's four bases and their role in creating protein|
|Thursday||DNA: Double Helix Structure and Hereditary Molecule||A look at the transforming principle and the composition of a double helix structure|
|Friday||Differences Between RNA and DNA and Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA and rRNA)||The functions of the three kinds of RNA|
1. DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids & Phosphodiester Bonds
In this lesson, you'll discover what nucleotides look like and how they come together to form polynucleotides. We'll also explore nucleic acids and focus on DNA in particular.
2. DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine & Complementary Base Pairing
Learn the language of nucleotides as we look at the nitrogenous bases adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine. Armed with this knowledge, you'll also see why DNA strands must run in opposite directions.
3. DNA: Discovery, Facts, Structure & Function in Heredity
This lesson will help you to navigate the twists and turns of DNA's structure. We'll also clue you in on the amazing discoveries that put this nucleic acid in the limelight as the molecule of heredity.
4. Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)
In this lesson, you'll explore RNA structure and learn the central dogma of molecular biology. Along the way, you'll meet the three types of RNA and see how the cell uses them most effectively.
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