MS-LS3-1 Mutations Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS3-1 Mutations Lab Stations Activity
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SNAPs Lab Stations require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:

Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency

Narrative Station to build science literacy

Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding

Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design

Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Punnett Squares Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives

1. Investigate and compare the effects of mutations on protein structure using a model of protein synthesis.

2. Explain how mutations can be beneficial, harmful or neutral.

3. Identify agents that cause genetic mutations.

4. Discuss repair mechanisms that fix mutations.

5. Use a model to demonstrate and evaluate how carcinogens cause problems (mutations) in genes.

Science Skills Station

Students will conduct an investigation to study the effect of mutations on protein structure and the traits of an organism. Students will use a model to study the effect of point mutations that do and do not have an effect on protein structure as well as how insertion and deletion mutations impact protein structure and the trait of an organism.

Narrative Station

Students will read an informational text about mutations. They will also watch a video about agents that cause mutations, how proteins and processes help identify and correct these mutations and what happens when mutations are not fixed. If time allows, students will also watch a video about how mutations in certain genes can cause cancer.

Assessment Station

At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to mutations. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station

Students will create a model to show how a carcinogen causes mutations that result in faulty proteins and thus, an ability to control cell growth and division. Specifically, students will study the mechanism by which chemicals in cigarette smoke can cause cancer.

Synthesis/Summary Project

Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Setup Guide for more information.


This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-LS3-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

This download includes:

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection

• Directions and questions for each lab station

• Student recording sheets

• Teacher Key

Additional materials required:

1-3 Computers or tablets

2 Set of colored pencils

Stapler or tape

Crayola construction paper (10 color variety with red and pink)


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Total Pages
39 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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