Ch 19: Nucleic Acids Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Nucleic Acids chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the various differences between DNA and RNA. 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 Nucleic Acids 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 Understanding the composition of nucleotides
Tuesday DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids and Phosphodiester Bonds A description of nucleic acids, RNA and DNA
Wednesday DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine and Complementary Base Pairing The functions of DNA's four nitrogenous bases
Thursday DNA: Double Helix Structure and Hereditary Molecule How the double helix structure of DNA was first identified
Friday Differences Between RNA and DNA and Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA and rRNA) Understanding the composition of DNA and RNA

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: Nucleic Acids Lesson Plans
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DNA: Chemical Structure of Nucleic Acids & Phosphodiester Bonds

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.

DNA: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, Thymine & Complementary Base Pairing

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.

DNA: Discovery, Facts, Structure & Function in Heredity

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.

Differences Between RNA and DNA & Types of RNA (mRNA, tRNA & rRNA)

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.

DNA Mutation Lesson Plan

5. 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.

Recombinant DNA Lesson Plan

6. Recombinant DNA Lesson Plan

Recombinant DNA has made its way into our everyday lives in our food supply. Your students can be introduced to this technology as they read and discuss a text lesson, create recombinant DNA using paper, compile pros and cons lists, and take a quiz.

DNA Structure Lesson Plan

7. 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 Model Activities

8. 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.

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