The Shape and Structure of DNA

This week, we learned about the shape, structure, and purpose of DNA in our bodies. We started from scratch, by asking the kids to draw or write anything they knew about DNA. We got some varied answers – some of the kids said “it’s your blood”, while others knew the exact structure of the double helix. After finding out what they knew, we taught the kids more about DNA and the double helix, as well as the nucleotides that are paired on a strand of DNA. The kids put together their own nucleotide pairings using the four colors of Sour Patch Kids to represent the four nucleotides, then attached their creations to some Twizzlers and made their own double helices! Watch the slideshow to see the kids showing off their creations!

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