5. Secret Codes - Assessment

Assessment

  1. Have students decode one or more of the following DNA messages:
    • “Genetics”
      C C G C T T T T A C T C T G A T A G A C G A G T
      G G C G A A A A T G A G A C T A T C T G C T C A
    • “Science”
      T C G A C A T A T C T T T T A A C G C T T
      A G C T G T A T A G A A A A T T G C G A A
    • “DNA is neat”
      C T A T T G C G C T A G A G T T T G C T T C G T T G G
      G A T A A C G C G A T C T C A A A C G A A G C A A C C
    • “Why me?”
      A C C G T A A T A T A C C T C ?
      T G G C A T T A T A T G G A G
  2. Have students write their own secret word or short message using the genetic code. Warn them that some letters (B, J, O, U, X, Z) cannot be used. Trade these messages the following day.

Going Further

  1. Go into the details of the transcription and translation process. See the Protein Factory lesson and Comic Strip Assessment activities