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Cells and DNA Lesson Plan

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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 9.

Edible DNA Model

Edible DNA Model

This is part 1 of a 7 part hands-on unit study on anatomy of the human body. Create edible models of human cells and DNA, look at cheek cells under a microscope, and more! These lessons are geared toward 4th-5th grade level children and their siblings and were used for our weekly homeschool co-op. We meet each week for 2 1/2 hours and have 33 children between the ages of 1-13. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, family, after school program, or co-op!

Just like this sweater was knit from wool with each part having a purpose, our bodies were knit together by God and each part of our bodies has a specific purpose.

Just like this sweater was knit from wool with each part having a purpose, our bodies were knit together by God and each part of our bodies has a specific purpose.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and Introduction to Cells and DNA

1. Pray. Read and discuss Psalm 139:13-16.

2. Point to any clothing item someone is wearing.

  • Quickly ask, “How was this made? What is it made from? What are some of the parts of it and what do they do?” [example: sleeves keep your arms warm, hole in the head allows you to pull it over your head, etc.]
  • Just like this sweater/jacket/etc. was knit/sewn/etc. from wool/yarn/etc. with each part having a purpose, our bodies were knit together by God and each part of our bodies has a specific purpose.
  • In Psalm 139:13-14, David wrote about God, "For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
  • Each of you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God! God didn’t use yarn to make our bodies. He used cells and DNA.

YOU WILL NEED: a sweater, jacket, or other clothing item

3. Read a book about cells and DNA. We read pp. 1-21 of Have a Nice DNA by Fran Balkwill.

YOU WILL NEED: a book about cells and DNA such as Have a Nice DNA by Fran Balkwill

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Using Legos to show how all living things started as one cell

Using Legos to show how all living things started as one cell