You are here

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 (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Evolution, Natural Selection (7)
Chemistry: Atoms, Molecules (3-7)
Curriculum connection (2005 science topic): 
Life Science: Animal Growth and Changes (grade 2)
Life Science: Plant Growth and Changes (grade 3)
Life Science: Human Body (grade 5)
Life Science: Diversity of Life (grade 6)
  • materials listed in the activities
Activities in this lesson plan: 

Older Science Club students and Tyee students combined this with looking at cheek cells.

Grades tested: 
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Gr 6
Gr 7
Alane Lublow
Barbara Duncan
Daphne Gurney
Heather Wallace
Nina Hooker
Patricia Ellis
Scott Malin
Sharon Ghuman
Taz Ismail
Site tested: 
General Gordon Elementary Science Club
Laurier Elementary
Tyee Elementary