This lesson plan was created based on a template developed for the Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment initiative sponsored by the Alliance for Catholic Education.
Number of Days:
SWBAT construct a complementary strand of DNA given a template, and describe the molecules involved.
SWBAT articulate how PCR mimics DNA replication to create multiple copies of a gene.
PCR concept check
Benchmark or Standards:
B.1.21 Understand and explain that the information passed from parents to offspring is transmitted by means of genes which are coded in DNA molecules.
TV, VCR, Jurassic Park movie, PCR concept check paper, computers w/ internet
Changes for Next Time:
|Time||Learning Task||Method or Procedure|
|3||BW: How are dinosaurs created in Jurassic Park?||Bellwork|
|15||Watch Clips from Jurassic Park that explain how the dinosaurs are created||Video and discussion|
|30||Reading about the steps of PCR and its role in creating dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, emphasizing the role of the replication machinery.||Reading and guided questions|
|2||Why is PCR impossible without Taq polymerase?||Exit card|
|Day 2|| || |
|3||BW: What are some of the implications of PCR for genetic research?||Bellwork|
|4||Discuss bellwork||Class discussion|
|20||Students complete an interactive simulation of PCR on the computers, and they can see how the copies double after every cycle and it requires students add the proper components at the proper times.||Lab simulation using computers (The actual lab itself is prefered, but our lab was inoperable at the time).|
|10||Analyze how PCR mimics DNA replication. What is similar and different between the two?||Brainstorm, notes|
|15||PCR concept check||Individual and independent work on assessment|
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