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Flinn Modeling, Inquiry and Analysis: DNA Structure, Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Immerse your students in the science practices with engaging laboratory activities and POGIL™! Student learn key concepts about DNA structure and replication in an active and engaging setting.

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Immerse your students in the science practices with engaging laboratory activities and POGIL™! Your students will practice important science skills while learning key genetics content related to DNA structure with this kit that includes a demonstration, a POGIL activity and an inquiry lab activity. Students learn to predict outcomes by making models and learn key content through interpreting models and carrying out guided-inquiry lab activities. Complete the learning cycle with claims-evidence-reasoning style analysis prompts.

The demonstration challenges students to explain why some chemical reagents isolate DNA from other molecules. A POGIL activity leads to understanding of the structure of DNA and the process of replication. In the inquiry lab activity, students discover how DNA fingerprinting identifies differences in DNA between people.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
MS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
MS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
HS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function
Cause and effect
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
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.
HS-PS1-3: Plan and conduct an investigation to gather evidence to compare the structure of substances at the bulk scale to infer the strength of electrical forces between particles.