Objective: By completing this activity, students will identify and explain the various levels of organization of genetic material in a eukaryotic cell.
Overview: This activity is an interactive diagram of the organization of genetic material in eukaryotic cells. It can be used as a game, notes page or an interactive notebooking activity. It is a great hands-on formative assessment activity. I have included two levels of diagrams. The lower-level diagram can be used to differentiate instruction for struggling students or it can be used as an introduction to genetic material at the middle school level.
o Level 1 boards: chromosome, DNA, gene, nucleus, and nitrogen base pair.
o Level 2 boards: chromosome, chromatin, chromatid, DNA, gene, nucleus, nitrogen base pair, centromere, telomere, long arm, short arm, histone, and nucleosome
o 1 set of cards per group of 2 or 3
o 1 interactive diagram board per group
o Laminate card sets and boards (optional)
Topic covered: Levels of organization in genetic material, chromosome structure, genes, difference between DNA, genes and chromosomes, difference between chromatin, chromatid, and chromosome, cell division
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