Bringing Biotech to Life

An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10

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Full Unit

Includes Lessons 1-7 &
Final Project (16mb PDF)

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Brought to you by The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in partnership with the International Food Information Council Foundation.

One: What is DNA?

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the primary components in a DNA structure.
  • Describe the role of DNA in trait inheritance.

Two: How can we Examine DNA?

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Extract DNA from common fruits / vegetables.

Three: What is Selective Breeding?

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Define selective breeding.
  • Describe how selective breeding changes a population over time.

Four: What is Biotechnology?

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Define biotechnology.
  • Identify how biotechnology can help the environment.
  • Identify how biotechnology can improve our food supply.

Five: How is Biotechnology Used?

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Identify specific ways biotechnology can improve food nutrition, safety, and quality.
  • Identify specific ways biotechnology supports social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
  • Identify specific ways biotechnology helps to meet the increasing needs of the world’s growing population.

Six: How do Researchers Compare Data?

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the gel electrophoresis process.

Seven: Where Would we be Without “GMOs”?

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Describe how crops are genetically modified.

Final Project

1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Use a credibility checklist tool to evaluate online media.
  • Analyze information gathered or provided and categorize it as fact or opinion.
  • Form an opinion on biotechnology, genetic engineering, and labeling foods from genetically engineered ingredients using the information gathered.
  • Write an essay expressing their opinions using correct form, grammar, and spelling.

Augmented Reality

Enhance learning with Augmented Reality Lesson Support Cards!

1. Download Blippar App
2. Cut out Support Cards (1 per lesson)
3. Open Blippar App. Aim and frame the support card.
4. Bring learning to life!

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