DNA and Your Dinner - Genetically Modified Foods

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This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering genetics, biochemistry, viruses, farming and food science. It is designed to reinforce core science subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

Indiana Cornfield at Sunset
Grunge Stamps GMO Foods
Scientist Mixing GMO Foods

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson for 7th and 8th grade Life Science by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and 21st Century Skills.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will study the “how” and “why” of genetically modified food, and the opposing sides of the GMO food controversy. To conclude the lesson, students will choose to either create a persuasive piece supporting or opposing GMO foods, or invent a GMO food product benefitting humans.

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • A basic understanding of genetics, chromosomes and DNA
  • A basic understanding of viruses

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minutes periods of instruction. If a more focused lesson is appropriate, select the 3-day Short Lesson. The Concept Check version provides activities which reinforce the core math concepts.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following NGSS curriculum standards:

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
  • LS3.B: Variation of Traits
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