Sub Plan Titled "OMG! GMOs" This grabs reader's attention while delving into the hot topic of genetically modified organisms. This document takes a non biased spin the GMOs and simply explains what they are, what they are used for, and poses some ethical questions (specifically in using chimeras).
There are TWO versions: a regular version (4 pages) or an advanced version for older students (6 pages).
This resource begins with a KWL and covers the following topics:
❀ Real life examples of GMOs
❀ Genetic engineering
❀ Transgenesis (microinjection; retroviruses)
❀ Using genetic engineering to improve livestock and crops
❀ Using genetic engineering to help combat disease
Students are also asked to make a table listing pros and cons of GMOs.
*Student Packet option included to save paper.
Students will gain an appreciation of the scientific world and genetic engineering, and better understand genetically modified organisms to help them make thoughtful decisions.
This sub plan is a useful tool to help encourage scientific literacy in reading, graphing, and making connections to the scientific world.
This does not need to be exclusively used as a sub plan. Many feedback I have received is from teachers who used this in their classrooms as classwork.
Here is a snippet from Sub Plan J:
"Pharming is a transgenic technology in which some valuable pharmaceutical products can be made by mice, rabbits, sheep, goats, pigs and cows by using certain genes. These products include blood-clotting factors, insulin, vaccines (antigens), anticoagulants and treatments for cystic fibrosis. The products can be created using transgenic animals that have been introduced to human DNA, and can produce these products in their blood or milk, which can then be gathered an used for human or animal pharmaceutical purposes."
Feel good knowing that your students will be well taken care of on those days that you are out- don't scramble for another sub plan! You can use this year after year!
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