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Have Your DNA and Eat It Too
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In this activity, learners build edible models of DNA, while learning basic ...

In this activity, learners build edible models of DNA, while learning basic DNA structure and the rules of base pairing. Learners construct the models out of licorice and colored marshmallows and create labels for the base pairs and backbone. This is an excellent activity to use at the end of a unit on DNA.

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Life Science
Genetics
Chemistry
Anthropology
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Genetic Science Learning Center
NSDL Staff
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Teach.Genetics
Key Concepts in Biology
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Andee Bouwhuis
April Mitchell
Harmony Starr
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
Louisa Stark
Melvin Limson
Molly Malone
University of Utah
The Ladder of Life
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In this activity, learners identify the DNA base bars guanine, cytosine, thymine ...

In this activity, learners identify the DNA base bars guanine, cytosine, thymine and adenine. Learners create a DNA model using colored paper clips to resemble these base pairs. This activity is featured on pp.19-20 (part of a lesson that begins on p.18) of the "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Agricultural Biology" unit of study for grades 6-8.

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Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Anthropology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Dow AgroSciences LLC
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Make a DNA Model
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By building their own DNA model in this OLogy activity, kids learn ...

By building their own DNA model in this OLogy activity, kids learn about the unique genetic code that's found in every cell of their bodies. The activity begins with a brief look at how all living things are made of cells, and what that makes them unique is DNA. Then, using toothpicks, colored paper, and other common supplies, students create a 3-D model of DNA and "do the DNA twist" to make it look like a double spiral. Interspersed throughout the activity are kid-friendly descriptions of the discovery of DNA and where it's found. The experiment ends with additional challenges for students, such as making a DNA mobile with pipe cleaners or some other flexible material.

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Biology
Genetics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Make a DNA Model
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In this activity, learners make a 3-D model of DNA using paper ...

In this activity, learners make a 3-D model of DNA using paper and toothpicks. While constructing this model, learners will explore the composition and structure of DNA. The activity also gives suggestions for alternate materials and challenges to explore.

Subject:
Life Science
Genetics
Chemistry
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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American Museum of Natural History