DNA and PROTEIN SYNTHESIS Informational Text and Worksheet MS-LS3-1

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Description

DESIGNED FOR UPPER MIDDLE SCHOOL or introductory high school - this activity focuses on the importance of PROTEINS and DNA's role in making them.

The text covers:

  • What proteins are
  • Some of the interesting roles proteins play in living things
  • How the information in DNA is used to make proteins
  • The very basics of transcription and translation at an INTRODUCTORY level

This resource is intended for a middle school audience but could be used as an introduction for high school biology. It does NOT focus on the terminology or details of protein synthesis, but rather presents an overview. The overall focus is that DNA codes for proteins and proteins have important roles in cells.

Go further and follow this up with our Insulin Protein Molecule Activity.

Teachers Notes:

MS-LS3-1: Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.

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NGSSMS-LS3-1
Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding that changes in genetic material may result in making different proteins. Assessment does not include specific changes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, or specific types of mutations.
NGSSHS-LS3-1
Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.

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