Reflection: ELL Students Modeling DNA..."It's Elementary Watson...AND Crick!" - Section 4: Analysis


This modeling activity, although extremely straightforward and simple, can be a bit too obvious for my advanced students. While my students with disabilities and sometimes my ELL students appreciate the large template pieces and labeling I have notices that other students simply find the task a far cry from the rigorous task we have grown accustomed. I have decided to conduct this modeling activity simply because it is more concrete, yet provides a useful visual for students normally challenged by our normal grind. 

I have addressed this challenge by tiering the modeling activities in most of the instances when we complete modeling activities. The following Modeling DNA Lab lesson is a bit more demanding and is a favorite among students who arrive to class with a strong grasp of this concept and would like to engage in a more challenging activity. 

  Modeling is a Great Way to Differentiate Learning!
  ELL Students: Modeling is a Great Way to Differentiate Learning!
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Modeling DNA..."It's Elementary Watson...AND Crick!"

Unit 8: Nobel Prize-Winning Biotechnology
Lesson 8 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to trace the evolution of the discovery of the structure of the DNA.

Big Idea: Nobel Prize-winning laureates such as Watson and Crick used "elementary" principles in science crafted by great scientists from diverse disciplines to make this most groundbreaking discovery.

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