DNA

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Explore the world of DNA in our engaging DNA Lesson Plan.  After successfully completing and studying the included materials, the students will be able to define DNA and clearly explain how DNA is the essential and necessary molecule for life.  This lesson also develops sound research practices and leverages collaborative learning as students utilize resources to complete activities.  Ample resources are available to solidify understanding.

 

DNA Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about DNA
  • DNA Practice Worksheets
  • DNA Word Problem worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Explore the world of DNA in our engaging DNA Lesson Plan.  After successfully completing and studying the included materials, the students will be able to define DNA and clearly explain how DNA is the essential and necessary molecule for life.  This lesson also develops sound research practices and leverages collaborative learning as students utilize resources to complete activities.  Ample resources are available to solidify understanding.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Display several strands of DNA code and ask students to try and guess the meaning of the letters.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Give students hints as they guess and lead them to an introduction to DNA.
  3. Distribute DNA content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Illustrate the use of codons compared with the alphabet for student understanding of DNA combinations. Save final questions for lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding. It is strongly suggested a video from the resources be shown to the class.
  4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Guide students to using narrow search terms such as “DNA use with animals” or “prenatal DNA use”, etc. Allow sufficient time for students to complete the research using the Internet.
  5. Once completed with the research (Column 2) the students will then discuss the related questions with their partners. Most likely they will need additional pages to write their responses.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

Want more science resources? Check out our other Science Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science

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This lesson provides many handson activties and home work assignments for my students.