Genetically Modified Organisms

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Biology                  

Grade:  9

Unit:  Genetically Modified Organisms                 

Pacing:   3 Weeks

Essential Question(s):

  1. Why didn’t the X-Men die?  (Mutations are mistakes that can cause good or bad results.)
  2. If you were cloned, would you be the same as your clone in 15 years?  (Genetically modified organisms are a new science.)
  3. Can we have blue strawberries? (Scientists have linked DNA that is naturally kept separate.)

 4.     Can we solve world hunger?  (Genetically modified foods increase food supply and nutritional value.)

 Big Idea(s):

Mutations are mistakes that can cause good or bad results.

 

Genetically modified foods increase food supply and nutritional value.

 

Scientists have linked DNA that is naturally kept separate.

 

Genetically modified organisms are a new science.

 

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

D.34 Describe, in general terms, how the genetic information of organisms can be altered to make them produce new materials.

D.35  Explain the risks and benefits of altering the genetic composition and cell products of existing organisms. 

D 24.  Explain how the accumulation of mercury, phosphates and nitrates affects the quality of water and organisms that live in rivers, lakes and oceans.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

 

  • Risks/ Benefits of altering genetic composition of existing  organisms

 

 

  • Risks/Benefits of altering genetic compositions of existing organisms

 

 

  • How genetic material can be altered to make new materials

 

 

 

 

  • Compare/Contrast

 

 

 

  • Predict

 

 

 

  • Explain

 

 

2

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

2


Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

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“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

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Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

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Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

·        Biology book

·        Velcro model manipulative

·        Visual models

·        Graphic organizers/foldables

·        Cells Alive! Website

·        STS GM Food Pamphlet

·        Harvest of Fear video

 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

·        Whole group (lectures/notes/discussion) (Q&A)

·        Small group

·        Partners

·        Individual

·        Smartboard

·        Powerpoint

·        Computer lab

·        Concepts in Motion  (biologygmh.com)

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

 


Modification

GM

GMO

GM Food

Transgenic

Splicing

Gene Gun

Mutation

Clone

DNA

Bt Corn

Golden Rice

Genetic Engineering

Enzymes

 

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections