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This lesson will allow your students to practice using the processes of transcription and translation to synthesize a “protein”. The students will be asked to take a strand of DNA and first transcribe it. After the transcription process, the students are asked to translate the RNA into amino acids. Once the students have figured out the amino acids, they will use them to make rice cereal treats based on their group’s individual DNA 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. You will need to purchase enough supplies for each group to make one batch of rice cereal treats. 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 protein synthesis.
This lesson includes:
*Student Data Sheets
*Student Group Record Sheet
*Student Analysis Questions
*Student Data Sheet Keys
*Student Group Record Sheet Key
*Student Analysis Questions Key
This lesson is designed to address high school Next Generation Science Standard* (NGSS*) HS-LS1-1, HS-LS3-1, and HS-LS3-2.
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