Lesson plan

DNA extraction and coding puzzle

Extract DNA from cheek cells, then do a coding puzzle to understand how the huge variety of living things can arise from the four-letter DNA code.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Evolution, Natural Selection (7)
Chemistry: Atoms, Molecules (3-7)
Activities in this lesson
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Older Science Club students and Tyee students combined this with looking at cheek cells.

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Gr 6
Gr 7
Teaching Site
Gordon Elementary Science Club
Laurier Elementary
Tyee Elementary