Protein Synthesis ANALOGY: Step-by-Step students compare the process of making a cake to the process of making a protein
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With a partner, students compare the process of making a cake to the process of making a protein following a worksheet, while utilizing paper manipulatives. Next, students will quiz each other using a page size flash card to reinforce memory. One student asks the questions as the coach, while the other student attempts to answer correctly.
This activity can be used on a multitude of levels. Teachers can use this activity while lecturing on protein synthesis, and have students follow along with their cut out diagrams. During which the teacher employs a power point, or mimics the actions with their own set of physical/visual aids.The students can even practice together at their own pace following the lecture.
This activity can also be used for tutoring. Students who need help can stay after class and be quizzed how protein synthesis compares to making a cake, with either with the teacher, teacher's aid, or a volunteer student with complete grasp of the subject.
RECOMMENDATIONS: I would recommend printing out the B&W diagrams & coloring them, and then also printing out the worksheet and worksheets answers, and the partner quiz-quiz check on CARDSTOCK and laminating them. Then you can use them over and over again. As well as using dry erase markers on the blank quiz version of the flash cards, as opposed to having students write it down with pencil and paper. The finality creates a sense of fun and slight competitiveness among the student pairs themselves.
DIAGRAMS INCLUDED: black&white version
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