This Powerpoint file contains three different activities: 1) 48 full-sized Powerpoint slides that, when projected and clicked through in rapid succession, turn into a super-cool silent "movie" of the process of eukaryotic translation, 2) a follow-up group activity entitled "What is wrong with this picture?" that challenges students to use what they've just learned to find a specific mistake in each of 6 images of the translation process, and 3) 43 smaller translation images that can be printed and assembled by individual students into an old-fashioned flipbook "movie". Perfect for AP Biology and dual credit/undergraduate biology!
I don't know about you, but I have found that my students have a dickens of a time picturing biological processes in 3-D, yet spatial thinking is crucial for understanding processes like translation. I love how this approach lets me guide my students through the process frame-by-frame. This resource really WORKS, and my students love being able to take it home with them in the form of their very own translation flipbook animation that they can review as many times as they like before the test. I made sure to keep the images ultra-simple, yet include all applicable detail like the correct number of H-bonds between bases. I use the follow-up group activity to get them thinking critically; with just a little guidance from me it tends to do a great job of drawing out many common misconceptions well before the test.
Please note your students will need access to a codon table (not included).