From Gene to Protein – Transcription and Translation

Type of Resource



In this hands-on, minds-on activity students learn (1) how genes provide the instructions for making a protein via transcription and translation and (2) how genes influence characteristics such as albinism and sickle cell anemia. Students use simple paper models to simulate the molecular processes of transcription and translation. This activity also includes multiple figures, brief explanations, and questions, together with four recommended videos. You can use this activity to introduce students

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-1   Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.