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What can DNA tell us about our evolutionary relationships to other mammals? This New York Times one-hour lesson (designed for sixth-12th grade students) explores this question with a Times article regarding the examination of genetic material to learn about a common 80 million-year-old mammalian ancestor. The lesson also explores important qualities and applications of DNA; and encourages students to develop methods for educating younger students about basic elements of DNA. The lesson was authored by Priscilla Chan, of The New York Times Learning Network, and Bridget Anderson, of The Bank Street College of Education in New York City. The website includes a lesson description; Academic Content Standards; and concise sections that address objectives, needed materials, extension activities, evaluation, and interdisciplinary applications.
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