This interactive supplementary aid is perfect for opening any unit related to Genetics or Heredity. This lesson accommodates your student’s diverse learning styles through the application of engaging activities that focus on the real experiments that took place during this golden age of discovery. This can be used as a stationed lab or even as a practical. However, each segment can be used individually as well. Students really need to know who and how DNA was discovered. This lesson accommodates this curiosity. The theme to this activity can be summed up to include ongoing assessments that is jam-packed with various graphic organizers, handouts, and visuals that will keep your students interested throughout the experience.
Furthermore, this intense lesson will embark on a series of experiences that can give your students the perspective of what it was like to actually discover DNA. Specifically students will transverse the different experiments that actually lead the idea that it was DNA, and not protein, was responsible for heredity continuity. As you transverse the knowledge and experience of these revolutionary scientists, students will travel to (4) different stations using this highly engaging activity. This lesson will allow students to actually track how DNA was discovered.
At each station students will be exposed to a wide spectrum of activities that range from the Fredrick Griffth Experiment (interactive mice activity); Oswald Avery Experiment ( KWL activity as a product of an model activity); Hershey and Chase Experiments (students will actually draw a model of the Hershey and Chase experiment a use a given key to reproduce the experiment); and Structure of DNA activity; Students will actually open doors and see what different scientists were responsible for the discovery of DNA and its structure. This lesson even goes as far as describing the contribution that Rosland Franklin contributed to the discovery of DNA and how Watson and Crick used her data without her permission.
I have included the entire expanded lesson plan as well. The lesson incorporates state standards as well as the common core. You will receive all four lab stations, the entire individual student note-packet, and a student assessment sheet.