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Objectives from Biotechnology and Society Unit Plan: 1. Apply different facets of biotechnology to agriculture and identify the economic impact. 2. Identify and discuss emerging technologies in agriculture production. 3.Research, evaluate and articulate the implications of an ethical, legal, social or cultural biotechnology issue in agricultural production. 4.Debate an ethical issue associated with biotechnology. “Feast or Famine” Lesson Plan, courtesy of NAAE Communities of Practice: http://naae.ca.uky.edu:8080/clearspace_community/docs/DOC-2823 FEAST OR FAMINE? Are GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) the Answer? GRADE LEVELS: 10-12 TIME ALLOTMENT: Four class periods of 45-minutes each OVERVIEW In this lesson students will learn about what genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), how they are modified, and the pros and cons to using them. They’ll investigate Web resources to answer fundamental questions about and to understand the issues around the development and use of GM foods. Students will share this information as "experts" in a roundtable discussion. The lesson concludes with students writing a position paper to outline their recommendations for the development and use of GMO’s backed by the scientific basis for these reasons.These papers will then be presented to a mock congressional committee making decisions on the development and use of GMO’s. SUBJECT MATTER Science LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will be able to: Identify what foods are currently genetically modified. Determine how plants are genetically modified using current terminology: vectors, cloned gene, and transfection. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modifying foods. Analyze the arguments supporting and discouraging the use of GMO’s. STANDARDS The Maine Learning Results Standards: http://www.state.me.us/education/lres/lres.htm Science and Technology A. Classifying Life Forms, grades 9-12 Students will understand that there are similarities within the diversity of living things. -Explain the role of DNA in resolving questions of relationship and evolutionary change.
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-Analyze the basic characteristics of living things including their need for food, water, and gases and the ability to reproduce. B.Ecology, grades 9-12 Students will understand how living things depend on one another and on non-living aspects of the environment. -Analyze the factors that affect population size (e.g., reproductive and survival rates). -Analyze the impact of human and other activities on the type and pace of change in ecosystems. C.Cells, grades 9-12 Students will understand that cells are the basic units of life. -Illustrate how cells replicate and transmit information, including the roles of DNA and RNA. -Analyze and debate basic principles of genetic engineering: how it is done, its uses and some ethical implications.
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