This activity can be used in conjunction with the short film The Double Helix. It introduces students to the classic experiment by Matthew Meselson and Franklin Stahl, which revealed that DNA replication follows the semiconservative model.
Tips From Teachers
- NGSS (2013) LS
- : HS-LS3-1, HS-LS1.A, HS-LS3.A
- Common Core (2010)
- : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.8, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4
- AP Biology (2012-2013)
- 3.A.1, 3.A.2, 4.A.1, S.P.1, S.P.5, S.P.6
- IB Biology (2009)
- 2.5, 3.3, 3.4, 7.1, 7.2
698Film GuidesFilm Guides: The Double HelixThe following classroom-ready resources complement The Double Helix. This short film describes the evidence that led James Watson and Francis Crick to the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA and how the structure immediately revealed how genetic information is stored and inherited.