General Lab Information


DNA Extraction

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Students learn DNA is the genetic material in living organisms that determines traits. Using processes such as precipitation and spooling, students extract DNA from cells to understand the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. 

Vocabulary: DNA, extraction, genes, lipids, precipitate

Session Information: This activity is available in-person or virtually.

In-Person Session Information Virtual Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book multiple activities in one day
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Secure link to videoconferencing platform will be provided
  • Kit of materials will be provided, including detailed Teacher Notes guide
    • Note: this activity requires some additional materials that are not included in the kit
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session


NYS Learning Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

LS1.A: Structure and Function

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

LS3.B: Variation of Traits

Structure and Function

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity


Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Intermediate Science Core

Process Skills

Major Understandings

Standard 4, 1 Follow safety procedures in the classroom and laboratory.

Standard 1, S2.1a Demonstrate appropriate safety techniques.

Standard 1, S2.1b Conduct an experiment design by others.

Standard 1, S2.1d Use appropriate and conventional techniques to solve problems about the natural world, including: measuring, observing, and describing.

1.1a Living things are composed of cells. Cells provide structure and carry on major functions to sustain life. Cells are usually microscopic in size.

1.1c Most cells have cell membranes, genetic material, and cytoplasm. Some cells have a cell wall and/or chloroplasts. Many cells have a nucleus.

2.1a Hereditary information in contained in genes. Genes are composed of DNA that makes up the chromosomes of cells.

2.1b Each gene carries a single unit of information. A single inherited trait of an individual can be determined by one pair or by many pairs of genes. A human cell contains thousands of different genes.

2.1c Each human cell contains a copy of all the genes needed to produce a human being.

2.1e In sexual reproduction typically half of the genes come from each parent. Sexually produced offspring are not identical to either parent.

2.2a In all organisms, genetic traits are passed down from generation to generation.