In this activity, students will use their knowledge of protein synthesis and a special genetic code to transcribe and translate various DNA clues hidden around the room. The special genetic code will translate the mRNA into sentences, rather than amino acids, which will tell students where the next clue is hidden in the classroom. All clues are written to work in a general science classroom, and an editable template is included so you can change and add clues to make them more specific to your room. This is such a fun way to practice protein synthesis with students!
How can I use this?
- Practice for mastery of transcription and translation
- Fun review day activity
What is included?
- 2 pages of teacher implementation notes (PDF)
- 8 DNA clues to hide around your classroom (PDF)
- 2 page student handout for showing work (PDF)
- Special genetic code (PDF)
- Answer Key (PDF)
- Editable template for customizing the clues (.pptx)
How much class time will this take?
For the average student this takes about 1 hour. Advanced students will finish more quickly, so it is encouraged to have an additional activity for those who finish 5 or 10 minutes early. Check out my Heredity Review Game!
What if I have a question?
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What if I am looking for other heredity items?
Check out all of my favorites below:
- Dinosaur Genetics Stations Activity
- Blood Type Pedigree Mystery Activity
- Protein Synthesis Digital Breakout Escape Room
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