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Protein Synthesis Models

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


 

Summary:
Students will understand that genetic information coded in DNA is passed from parents to offspring by sexual and asexual reproduction by making a working model of protein synthesis and display for the class.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Biology
Standard 4 Objective 3

Explain how the structure and replication of DNA are essential to heredity and protein synthesis.

Materials:

  • overhead of sheet attached
  • 9 grocery bags
  • random supplies i.e.:
    • meter sticks
    • tape
    • string
    • hat
    • rubberband
    • hula hoop
    • insect nets
    • balloons etc.

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Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should understand the process of protein synthesis.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Assemble a bag of random supplies for each table of 4 students. You may choose to make all the bags the same or you could make them all different. The more interesting and random your bags are the more interesting these models will turn out to be.
  2. Put the overhead (attached) up and explain the project to students.
  3. Pass out the bags to students.
  4. Be strict on only allowing 15 minutes.
  5. Have groups present one at a time.
  6. Allow other students in the classroom to identify the key players in the model: mRNA, tRNA, amino acids, polypeptide chains etc.
  7. You may want to give a short quiz at the conclusion of this activity.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring Guide:
Creativity........................................ 15 points
Accuracy....................................... 15 points
Members Participate...................... 15 points

Bibliography:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Author:
Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Dec 03 2014 11:28 AM

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