During this tutorial, students will click their way through animations, review questions, and various diagrams to illustrate/animate the process of translation/protein synthesis in a unique and easy to follow manner.
Students will begin with a review of the transcription process (be sure to see my other tutorial on transcription). This will lead the students into the role of the ribosome, mRNA, and tRNA in the process of translation (protein synthesis). Next, the students will read the genetic code to perform the process of translation and build a protein. The students will conclude this tutorial with a review quiz to check for understanding.
From the student point of view, this sure beats a 30 minute lecture as it is much more engaging. From the teacher point of view, this beats a 30 minute lecture as it allows the students to be engaged with the process of translation. This is not a simple PowerPoint presentation where students are shown bullet point main ideas. This PowerPoint is full of creative animations and probing questions that require a student generated answer in order to proceed.
I use these interactive tutorials as a way to introduce or reinforce the topic in question. I have found these tutorials to be very helpful as they allow the students to work at their own pace, go back to an early topic, or move forward. These tutorials were created with Microsoft Power Point 2003, but they are fully compatible with the newer 2007 version. Since this is a PowerPoint, you don't have to worry about installing unfamiliar software such as Flash and Macromedia. If you do not have PowerPoint, Microsoft has a program called "PowerPoint viewer" that allows you to view a PowerPoint for free. You can download this free program from Microsoft's website.
Once you download the paid version, feel free to make multiple copies to use with your students. I burned a class set of CDs to use in my classroom. When we go to the computer lab to work on this tutorial, I simply pass out 1 CD to each student and they can then work at their own pace. I recollect the CDs when finished.
This download includes:
1) The interactive PowerPoint tutorial
2) Student worksheet (pdf)
3) Teacher answer key (pdf)
Are you looking for other DNA based lessons?
DNA Based PowerPoint Presentations:
* DNA and Replication PowerPoint
* RNA and Transcription PowerPoint
* Translation and Protein Synthesis PowerPoint
* DNA Mutations PowerPoint
DNA Based Review Games
* DNA Jeopardy Game
* DNA Bingo Game
* DNA, RNA, Protein Synthesis Challenge Game
* DNA Review Packet
DNA based Interactive Tutorials:
* Transcription Interactive Tutorial
* Translation Interactive Tutorial
DNA based activities:
* Translation Paper Model Activity