Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Have Your DNA and Eat It Too! - Section 4: Connecting the Learning


I am a big fan of using analogies to help students comprehend new learning. When we make connections to prior knowledge students are better able to retain and retrieve information.

I also like to keep the analogies simple. Many middle school students are still very concrete thinkers. Analogies help students learn by providing a concrete example to base their understanding of new learning. 

We used analogies to make sense of cell organelle with a great deal of success in Writing Cell Organelle Analogies. Students continued using analogies by writing a book for children about cells in Cell Organelle Children's Book Project.

  Using Analogies to Connect to Prior Learning
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Using Analogies to Connect to Prior Learning
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Have Your DNA and Eat It Too!

Unit 7: Genetics
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT describe the basic structure of a DNA molecule and explain the rules of base pairing.

Big Idea: What is DNA?

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