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Protein Synthesis Made Fun!

Sometimes when I teach  DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis, I feel like the only person in the room that "get's it" is me!    Many of my standard Biology I kids struggle with these concepts.  The whole idea of transcription and translation just leaves them looking like a deer in the headlights!

I developed this activity to help get the point across: Determining the Traits of a Mystery Organism Through Protein Synthesis

After teaching the basics of protein synthesis, use this activity to ensure that your students understand the concepts involved in transcription and translation.  I have found that my students understand the concept of protein synthesis much better after doing this activity.  And best of all, they get to color their mystery organism at the end.  It never ceases to amaze me how much high school students still love to color!  This activity is appropriate for grades 7 through 10.




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