Origins: How Life Began



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“Origins: How Life Began”

Working in groups of 1 to 3 you will learn how life began by exploring the following website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/origins-series-overview.html#origins-life-began . Each group will be responsible for completing 6 tasks. Upon completion, each person in the group will write an explanation of what you learned about the RNA world, ribozymes, and protocells. Each of the 6 tasks should be summarized in your own words.

Task 1 Recreate the timeline summarizing the events.

Task 2 Summarize what is so “special” about RNA.

Task 3 Summarize the “RNA World”.

Task 4 Summarize the role of “ribozymes” in protocells.

Task 5 Summarize the role of membranes in a protocell.

Task 6 Summarize the final page of the website “putting it all together in a protocell.”

Summarizing each task is worth 5 points. Each concluding explanation will earn the individual 5 points for discussion the RNA World, 5 points for discussing ribozymes, and 5 points for discussing protocells. Total possible points 45 points.

“Origins: How Life Began”

Working in groups of 1 to 3 you will learn how life began by exploring the following website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/origins-series-overview.html#origins-life-began . Each group will be responsible for completing 6 tasks. Upon completion, each person in the group will write an explanation of what you learned about the RNA world, ribozymes, and protocells. Each of the 6 tasks should be summarized in your own words.

Task 1 Recreate the timeline summarizing the events.

Task 2 Summarize what is so “special” about RNA.

Task 3 Summarize the “RNA World”.

Task 4 Summarize the role of “ribozymes” in protocells.

Task 5 Summarize the role of membranes in a protocell.



Task 6 Summarize the final page of the website “putting it all together in a protocell.”

Summarizing each task is worth 5 points. Each concluding explanation will earn the individual 5 points for discussion the RNA World, 5 points for discussing ribozymes, and 5 points for discussing protocells. Total possible points 45 points.


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