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Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Science (7)
Title: DNA/Genetics through Protein Synthesis
Description: In this lesson, we will be challenged to find the answers to various questions about DNA and how it is associated with genetics. Questions will be prompted and proctored through Voicethread. This activity will take place through a series of teacher prepared questions related to the basic structure of DNA. From here questions will move to the relationship between DNA and RNA and finally the relationship between DNA and its role in genetics. The outcome of this lesson will be that students will garner a deeper understanding of what DNA is and how it affects them on a microscopic level through a macroscopic level. At the conclusion of the lesson students will be challenged to write an original response to the essential question of "what is genetics and how does it affect me" as viewed through the lens of the DNA molecule. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


Subject: Science (7)
Title: Wear Your DNA Necklace!
Description: DNA extraction is a necessary and routine step in many biotechnology procedures, such as DNA fingerprinting.  Students will observe the properties of DNA by extracting the molecule from their own cheek cells.  If possible, students should not eat or brush their teeth before this lab. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Health
Title: Color-Coded DNA      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a new way to use DNA to detect infectious diseases. Scientist Bruce Armitage discusses his research with DNA and PNA, a lab-created version of DNA that can be made to seek out and connect to a specific DNA sequence. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Gene Puzzles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students come to understand that in sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, typically half of the genes come from each parent. They examine a fictional pedigree and determine which gene is responsible for a given trait.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health
Title: Proteome      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from science NetLinks, you'll hear about the difficulties of the task of determining which genes make which proteins, and what these proteins do. Geneticists think this information could provide valuable insights into disease. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: A Mendel Seminar      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, constructed around Gregor Mendel's 1865 paper, is an advanced lesson in history, scientific inquiry, methodology, classical genetics, and plant biology. In this lesson, students are guided through a thorough discussion of part of the paper Mendel wrote about his pea plant experiments.
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Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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