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Product 14277

By: The Flinn Staff

Genetic Code Activity Kit for biology and life science gets people up out of their chairs and involved in transcription and translation.

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Don’t have students just read or listen to you talk about DNA, RNA and protein synthesis. Get them up out of their chairs and involved in transcription and translation! The coded messages on the DNA and tRNA code cards in this kit will add fun to learning how the genetic code works. Students will get their individual DNA-coded message from the nucleus, leave the nucleus, travel to a ribosome and translate the code into a clear word message. If no mutations have occurred, the word message can be quickly verified as correctly decoded. Seven cell sites can be set up using the DNA and tRNA cards provided in the kit.

Complete for 30 students working individually or in groups. All materials are reusable.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Asking questions and defining problems

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function
Cause and effect

Performance Expectations

MS-LS3-1. Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.
HS-LS3-1. Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.