Understanding the Functions of Proteins and DNA

Type of Resource



This overview provides a sequence of learning activities to help students understand that proteins and DNA are not just abstract concepts in biology textbooks, but rather crucial components of our bodies that affect functions and characteristics that students are familiar with. Students learn about the functions of proteins and how different versions of a protein can result in a characteristic such as albinism or sickle cell anemia. Then students learn that genetic information in DNA results in

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.