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What does DNA look like?

Students will learn about DNA through an interactive website.


  • Students will be able to build DNA strands and practice base pairing rules using an interactive website.
  • Students will learn about the structure of DNA through interactive animations and readings.
  • Students will practice new vocabulary and test their knowledge through an online quiz.
  • Students will learn the following vocabulary: DNA, gene, chromosome, heredity, and trait.


  • Review with students new vocabulary and base pairing rules. Also, review KWHL chart that students filled out last class.
  • Distribute attached worksheet Demonstrate websites for students and go over directions.
  • Distribute laptops to students. Students may work in pairs.
  • Monitor student's movement through websites and answer questions.
  • Students will read through websites and animations, answer questions on worksheet and then fill in L-column of KWHL worksheet with 5 things they learned.
  • If time permits, have students visit the website, Watch short video clip about DNA and take short pop quiz online.
  • Collect worksheets and grade.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SC.F.1.4.4
  • SC.F.1.4.8
  • SC.F.2.4.2
  • L.A.A.2.4.1

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services.
  • Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem solving, and decision making in content learning.


  • Laptops
  • Internet access
  • handouts (attached)
  • LCD projector (if available)


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