Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Cells: Protein Production Part 1 - Section 2: Hook

 

Many students (and adults) naturally think of meat, or working out, or muscles when we use the word protein.  And of course all of those things are related to the idea of protein as a nutrient.  It is important in the learning today to SEPARATE protein as a nutrient from protein as a molecule in the cell.  

Otherwise, this preconception keeps kids from understanding that proteins are critical to the processes occurring within a cell.  I've had students that were unimpressed with DNA when they learn that it made proteins.  "That's all???,"  they say.  

In order to build an importance in understanding how proteins are made, it is important to build an importance for what proteins do.  

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Cells: Protein Production Part 1

Unit 3: Life is Organized: Cells
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: Students will be able to recognize and sort the steps to protein production.

Big Idea: Industrial Cellular Revolution

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