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Below is a sample breakdown of the Nucleic Acids DNA and RNA 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 composition of nucleotides|
|Tuesday||DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids and Phosphodiester Bonds||The purpose of DNA|
|Wednesday||DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine and Complementary Base Pairing||An exploration of DNA's nitrogenous bases|
|Thursday||DNA: Double Helix Structure and Hereditary Molecule||An explanation of the transforming principle|
|Friday||Differences Between RNA and DNA and Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA and rRNA)||RNA's functions, and a look at the characteristics of its three types|
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.
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.
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