Need to teach your students the basic structure of DNA? This resource uses gummy bears as a creative way for students to explore the structure and makeup of DNA while using affordable, fun and simple materials.
Mini lesson walks students through on how to create their assigned nucleotide using the gummy bears, and then moves on to connecting that nucleotide with its correct bases pair. To go further- use marshmallows (as the sugar) and additional toothpicks to create a DNA chain with more student's base pairs.
10 slide powerpoint with teacher notes
2 page handout for students with directions on the activity
3 lbs of gummy bears (mixed colors) for every 60 students in pairs of 2
5 boxes of 250 toothpicks
1 bag of marshmallows
Goal: each student is to create a nucleotide (thymine, cytosine, guanine or adenine). When finished the student will bond with their designated base pair.
Go even further and create a chain!
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