Evolution of mtDNA Webquest

Overview & Concepts

Students will study the details of mitochondria and chloroplasts to gain understand a deeper understanding of how they became organelles and how we can use them to further study evolutionary relationships.

Grade Level: 

Concepts Covered: 

DNA & RNA, chloroplasts, mitochondria, mtDNA, prokaryotes, eukaryotes 

Prior Knowledge Required: 

cell, organelle, mitochondria, chloroplast, DNA

Activity Notes

Days to Teach: 

One Day - 48 minute period


  • mtDNA Student Worksheet
  • Computers

Teaching Tips / Activity Overview: 

  1. Students will go to the website indicated on student worksheet.
  2. Students will navigate through site and answer questions as they go along. 


Students will be graded on their finished worksheet and some questions dealing with this information will be on the unit exam.



This lesson was created by Jessica Feerrar.

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