Laney Lee

DNA Extraction Lab



Looking for an extension activity for your DNA unit? Do you an easy hands on way to bring science to life? This DNA Extraction Lab is the perfect resource for you!


Who is this resource for?

This DNA Extraction Lab resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It can be implemented in a whole group lesson or in small groups. This resource is ideal for classrooms with access to the materials listed below.



  • Strawberries/kiwi (at least 2 per group)
  • Zip lock bags (one per group)
  • 2 tbs dish washing liquid per group
  • 2 tbs salt per group
  • 1 coffee filter per group
  • 1 clear plastic cup (or any other clear glass lab equipment) per group
  • ¼ cup cold rubbing alcohol per group
  • 1 coffee stirrer per group
  • A few extra plastic cups for passing out materials


What’s Included?

  • Teacher Tips
  • 3 page student sheet in PDF & Digital
  • Step by Step Presentation


Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Doc version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource.


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Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding that changes in genetic material may result in making different proteins. Assessment does not include specific changes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, or specific types of mutations.


Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.


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