Reflection: Real World Applications Fact or Fiction? Investigating Genetically Modified Organisms - Section 3: Instructional Input/Student Activities


Students seemed to really get into the possibility of each scenario. There were some passionate discussions that groups engaged in and arguments for and against were quite common. Let's observe one group debating the scenario presented on slide #9: "Salmon: a salmon with genes from two different fish species so that it grows much more quickly than non-GE salmon."

It is apparent that the team decision is stalled on three questions (with related claim):

1. If one gets a shot (like a steroid) will it affect the offspring (who would experience the effect of steroids themselves)? (Claim: Changes made to the body don't impact the offspring)

2. Don't tall parents generally produce tall children? (Claim: Genes for traits pass to children)

3. Don't mutations change the phenotype of the offspring? (Claim: changes to DNA pass to children)

Clearly, these students are grappling with a new scenario, they are making arguments and drawing from prior learning. Sounds like brains hard at work!

  Real World Applications: Fact or Fiction: How easily are you fooled?
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Fact or Fiction? Investigating Genetically Modified Organisms

Unit 5: 5) Genetic Engineering
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will judge whether certain GMOs are actually a reality as opposed to the fringes of science fiction. A brave new world in which we live!

Big Idea: Genetically Modified Organisms are more commonplace than you might think!

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