Class Summary - Today we did an activity to help us understand how protein synthesis works. I set the scene by describing the classroom to the students as one big cell, with the front table labeled as the nucleus. Students will start at the nucleus by picking a DNA fragment written on slips of paper and transcribing it to mRNA on their worksheets. They should not leave the nucleus table for this step. They then go to one of the ribosomes (another table or chair) to write out the corresponding tRNA sequence. Next they will search the room for the matching anti-codons on the tRNA cards on another table labeled cytoplasm. On the back of each card they will find a word (representing an amino acid) and the words should form a sentence (the protein). If the final sentence does not make sense, they have a mutation and should go back to figure out where they made a mistake.
Homework - None
Objectives- Students will demonstrate the process of protein synthesis in a cell