Protein Synthesis Simulation
Lesson Plan Standards:MD State: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.4, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.7, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.6, 1.4.7, 1.4.8, 1.4.9, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.6, 1.5.8, 1.5.9, 1.6.5, 1.7.1, 1.7.2, 1.7.5, 1.7.6, 2.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.3.4, 6.4.2
Lesson Plan:Zebra Fish as a Model for Muscle Development
Now that we have identified that there is a problem with the muscle in the zebrafish, we will investigate this more deeply. What macromolecule makes muscle? How is that protein formed? There must then be something wrong with the protein's form because it is not functioning properly.
Students will be able to sequence the steps of protein synthesis by manipulating a model, observing a demonstration, and completing a flow chart.
Small DNA puzzle pieces
Large, chalkboard model DNA pieces with RNA
3-D model of DNA Protein Synthesis flow chart - for drawing notes
Protein Synthesis flow chart - for writing summary
Protein Synthesis flow chart - teacher page with answers
- Review the structure of DNA - students should use the small puzzle pieces to construct the DNA puzzle, while one student could construct this on the chalkboard with the large model.
- The 3-D model of DNA should be used as a reference.
- Go through the steps of protein synthesis on board with the model. Students can use their small model to follow along.
- Students should draw pictures to take notes. After the demonstration, students will fill in the flow chart outlining the major steps and products in protein synthesis.
Any textbook that would refresh the instructor's memory of the steps of protein synthesis.