Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA SEA 2019 Lesson Plans
This lesson invites students to work together to identify a mystery DNA sample using state of the art biotechnology.
After identifying the organism, they can work with another group of students to hypothesize about how the different organisms are related to one another. Students will learn that the samples are connected through the nitrogen cycle! This gives students an introduction to scientific molecular techniques and environmental nitrogen cycling.
Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, molecular techniques, nitrogen cycle
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This lesson was developed in alignment with the 2010 Virginia Department of Education’s Science Standards of Learning.
VA SEA is supported by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Program.
Wilson, S. (2019) Sequence CSI: The Nitrogen Cycle. Subjects: Life Science, Environmental Science, Marine/Ocean Science - Grades: 9-12. VA SEA 2019 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. https://doi.org/10.25773/xh0p-cm40