Dynamic DNA Kit© Teacher Resources

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Twist - untwist - replicate - transcribe. Using the Dynamic DNA Kit© students will assemble the nucleotides, feel the hydrogen bonding of the A-T and G-C base pairs and discover the double helical structure of DNA just as James Watson and Francis Crick did in 1953. PLUS, they will twist and unwind the double helix to model DNA replication and RNA transcription.

Dynamic DNA Kit© Contents and Assembly Directions

The 12 Base-Pair Set contains 6 A-T and 6 G-C base pairs, display stand and parts to model RNA, ATP and more. The 6 Base Pair Set contains 3 A-T and 3 G-C base pairs and parts to model uracil, ATP and more. The 2 Base Pair Set includes 1 A-T and 1 G-C base pair and parts to model uracil, ATP and more. Find detailed contents and assembly instructions in these documents.


Dynamic DNA Kit© Teacher Guide

This teacher guide will help you consider different ways you may use the Dynamic DNA Kit. We encourage you to modify these lessons and activities to meet the learning objectives and needs of your specific students.


Dynamic DNA Kit© Watson and Crick Articles

"Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acids" by James Watson and Francis Crick, published in the April 25, 1953 issue of Nature, describes the structure of double-stranded DNA. "Genetical Implications of the Structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid", published in the May 30, 1953 issue of Nature, describes the importance of DNA within living cells.


Dynamic DNA Kit© Instructional Videos

These videos will help familiarize you with the pieces in the Dynamic DNA Kit© so you can successfully work through the modeling activities with your students.


Molecule of the Month on DNA

The Molecule of the Month by scientist, author and artist Dr. David Goodsell includes an introduction to the structure and function of the chosen molecule and a discussion of its relevance to human health and welfare. Molecule of the Month articles are frequently referred to by teachers, students and researchers.


Dynamic DNA Kit© Next Generation Science Standards

Connections to: A Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas