Information on this website would be most helpful to students who have already covered the concepts of DNA and protein synthesis in class. Brief reviews are given for the connection between DNA and protein, but as these are difficult concepts it is recommended that this website complement a later lesson. Specifically, the information presented would be most appropriate for a unit on Biotechnology.
The following are activities that could be used to complement the information on this webpage in a classroom setting (.doc and .pdf versions of both activities are included below; both contain more detailed instructions):
- Transgenic Card Sort: an interactive worksheet that gives students a way to review the steps of creating a transgenic plant while using creativity to explore the possible uses and benefits of transgenic plants in agriculture
- Farming Game: a brief game in which teams or individuals choose from real transgenic options available in agriculture and try to find success throughout growing seasons based on their decisions
(.doc) / (.pdf)
Curriculum understandings highlighted in this website include the following:
- Segments of DNA called genes provide instructions for making a particular protein.
- Proteins perform cell functions.
- The set of proteins that make up and function within a living thing are what make that living thing unique (a different set of proteins or a lack of certain proteins will change how a living thing looks and lives).
- Proteins can be added to a cell by inserting their corresponding gene.
- Scientists add beneficial proteins to crop plants to improve them.
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