Through a variety of instructional methods students will engage in the study of DNA.

How will the unit engage students?

A plethora of hands-on activities, authentic experiences, relevant examples, and models are used throughout this lesson to engage students in the study of DNA. For instance, students will learn about the structure, replication, transcription and translation of DNA through making models. They will be creating the models as scientists do, with specific given information, but not a step-by-step recipe for creating them. Students will need to engage in the information to create a workable model. Secondly, students will be engaging in an authentic bioinformatics tool, BLAST, where they will be identifying a genetic sequence found in a diseased tissue by comparing it to a database of known DNA sequence.

How will you link to everyday examples and experiences?

This lesson will begin and end with a mystery that can be solved through DNA testing or fingerprinting. This type of testing is an everyday example of how DNA relates to our lives and it is a hot topic on mystery and court TV shows. Therefore lessons within this unit will grab student attention because they will be learning about something they've heard about, but don't know exactly how it works. The DNA fingerprinting lesson (Days 11 and 12) will cover this topic and will link to experiences students are interested in outside of science class.

Quist and Holoweski - Genes and DNA Unit Design

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