Interactive, Other


This exploration allows you to travel to the tiny world of DNA. Beginning with the body and ending with the atoms that make up a single DNA base, you'll be able to zoom in to 15 different levels to see DNA's relationship to us as a whole. Along the way you'll also see the intricate bending and winding that takes place within a chromosome, which allows more than five feet of DNA to fit within the nucleus of a tiny cell. This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.


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  • Science > Biology

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DNA chromosome gene double-helix genome student-facing animation flash


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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2010-03-31.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This is an external link to a NOVA online interactive. Users can zoom in from the whole body level to the atomic level by clicking through each of 15 slides that are progressively more “zoomed-in.” Explanatory text is included at each step. There is no particular user interactivity or feedback.
Emily Conwell
April 10, 2013
I think that the visualization in the flash animation is good. It does a good job of breaking DNA down into 15 compartments that help students understand how it is…
Mike Archibald
August 1, 2010
The following lesson plan provides great insight for students to go through the various levels of cellular organization in the human body. I think it does a great job of…
h barlaam
March 20, 2010
What the above reviewer said is true; it is mostly just clicking with some reading as well. It would be up to the teacher to provide more active thinking. However,…
temp CSTA
October 24, 2009
nice animation, but just passive click through, no exploratin or active thinking/processing involved. Jason Hodin Stanford University
Janet Pinto
this is way cool!

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