Explain how DNA can store and transmit information to the cell. Compare and Contrast DNA to RNA, How are they different, Explain what they have in common.
This continues to be the focus of learning. Students began the work session by selecting the complementary strand of mRNA from the given DNA strand. We quickly reviewed the 15 vocabulary words, many are from previous units; the remainder are in the RNA and DNA notes.
Students completed the DNA Scavenger Hunt; where there are 9 DNA sequences that are coded with specific messages. The students will find those messages and write a short summary (paragraph) on the importance of mRNA correctly reading the DNA sequence.
There are some students who have moved forward in completing the (CHNOPS) Lab; An hand on opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of transcription and translation.
The work session was closed by students using the codon chart to identify amino acids from mRNA codons.
Homework: Vocabulary Quiz 10/08 and ABC's of Genetics
Distinguish between RNA and DNA; Explain the role of DNA in storing and transmitting cellular information. These are the focus of this weeks learning experience. We opened the work session by discussing the difference between DNA and RNA; using our notes from last week and any prior knowledge. Next students took the opportunity to answer five question focused on DNA structure, function and synthesis. These questions were taken from the Mastering the Georgia Biology work books. Students expanded their understanding of RNA and Protein synthesis through a brief lecture and then hands on practice of protein synthesis. We closed the work session by allowing students to use the codons and have a protein written from their names (using codons sent from the DNA).
Homework: The ABC of Genetics; a vocabulary activity is due 10/10. Students select terms that are only relative to the Genetics Unit and define them.
The vocabulary quiz for Wed. 10/8 is coming up
Terms included: DNA, Nucleus, Ribosome, Transcription, Translation, mRNA, tRNA, rRNA, Nucleotide, Amino Acid, Codon, polymer, monomer, DNA replication, complementary strand.