Reflection: Lesson Planning Click and Clone - Section 3: Wrap-up


I always go back and forth on the best way to introduce the activities that relate to cloning. Learn.Genetics is a fantastic resource with more activities than it makes sense to use for the purpose of this particular unit. The Click and Clone activity does an excellent job in showing students how (relatively) simple the cloning process really is and the video Clone from National Geographic does a fantastic job of explaining some of the controversy that comes with the application of cloning.  Both of these are important for students to recognize and I feel it would be a disservice to gloss over these concepts.  

Sometimes I begin with the video as it gives students a good idea of the big picture and helps the simulation make a bit more sense.  Starting with the simulation give students the technological background that helps them understand some of the early information within the video.  Either way works, I think you just have to find what works best for you and your students.

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Click and Clone

Unit 7: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lesson 9 of 14

Objective: SWBAT explain the steps involved in cloning a mouse.

Big Idea: Students think cloning is a complex undertaking, but after completing this simulation they recognize that it is not as high tech as it seems.

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Science, ecosystem, Evolution, natural selection (Evolution), Genetic Engineering, adaptation, natural selection
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