Rough Sequence

Days 1 and 2:
A CSI mystery is introduced that needs DNA fingerprinting to solve. This is one reason DNA is important in our lives, but what is it? What is its functional role? Now that we have grabbed student attention we can begin the study of DNA. First we look at the structure of DNA. Students use edible models to create a DNA structure.

Day 3:
Replication of DNA using edible models

Days 4, 5, 6:
Transcription and Translation of DNA using models and boss/secretary analogy. Mutation is hinted at in a homework assignment that ties into the concepts that have already been covered.

Day 7:
Mutation lesson: a slide show showing different mutations used to motivate and grab student interest, the worksheet from the day before is discussed, lastly there is a mini-lecture on mutation.

Days 8 and 9:
BLAST Activity: an inquiry activity where students are given a genetic sequence of a diseased tissue and they do internet research to find what disease matches their tissue.

Days 10 and 11:
Reintroduce mystery, solve mystery using DNA figerprint activity, connect to other types of DNA testing, i.e. paternity testing.

Day 12:
Summative assessment

Quist and Holoweski - Genes and DNA Unit Design Draft

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