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This lesson will allow your students to see how DNA mutations can impact a ‘protein’. The students will be asked to take a strand of DNA and use it to make rice cereal treats based on their group’s individual strand. Each strand codes for a different variation of the recipe (representing DNA mutations). While there are quite a few supplies necessary for this lab, I feel that the learning experience outweighs the cost and hassle of purchasing supplies. This lab usually takes between 1-2 class periods (50 min classes) for my students and I typically use it toward the end of the unit on DNA and DNA mutations.
This lesson includes:
*Student Data Sheets
*Student Analysis Questions
*Student Data Sheet Keys
*Student Analysis Questions Key
This lesson is designed to address middle school Next Generation Science Standard* (NGSS*) MS-LS3-1
*Next Generation Science Standard and NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product