Friday, August 9, 2013

Students learn about the hidden DNA code

8th graders begin the year learning about genetics.  It ended up being a nice transition after the forensics kick off.  In trying to teach students how complex DNA actually is, students begin with a lab titled "Crack the Code."

In this lab simulation, students receive a visual picture of a bug and a "DNA segment" that matches.  Every student gets a different bug and different bracelet containing the coded information.  Students must then work together to "Crack the Code."  I gave my students no information and required that they figure out which color bead stood for which bug trait.  It is one of my favorite lab activities since gifted students love puzzles.

If you'd like a copy of the bugs and complete lab instructions, visit my TN store.  Beginning tomorrow and running through next week, all products are 20% in my store.  Crack the Code

TN is also beginning their big Back to School Event.  Check out the bundled products, give aways, video tips, and store sales.


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