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Do you need to teach Selective Breeding and Artificial Selection for middle school science? You will love this interesting unit that covers artificial selection, hybrids, selective breeding, gene therapy, and GMOs. Students will learn about the technologies that make this possible. Students will engage in critical thinking and analyze the information provided on the topic of artificial selection and selective breeding while looking for evidence for evolution.

This unit on Selective Breeding includes:

  • An informative slideshow on selective breeding
  • Strategic notetaking guide
  • A suggested schedule
  • Two-page article on selective breeding
  • Follow up pages
  • Thinking pages on ethical and environmental issues around GMOs and hybrids
  • Answer keys
  • A Quiz

Covers these topics:

  • GMOs
  • selective breeding
  • gene therapy to treat diseases
  • ethical issues on environmental issues, GMO’s and Hybrids
  • Comparing natural selection and artificial selection

Teachers Love This Unit!

Kristen ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

I loved this unit for teaching selective breeding and artificial selection as part of our evolution unit. Really interesting ideas, and students had to think about ethics and the environment. Lots of critical thinking!

Kyle ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

Wow! Great unit on artificial selection. My students were very interested and engaged in the topic. I loved the critical thinking!

This resource is aligned with the following standards:

NGSS MS-LS4-5. Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.

Utah SEEd 7th Grade Standard 7.4.4

Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the technologies that have changed the way humans affect the inheritance of desired traits in organisms. Analyze data from tests or simulations to determine the best solution to achieve success in cultivating selected desired traits in organisms. Examples could include artificial selection, genetic modification, animal husbandry, and gene therapy. (LS4.B, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C)

Selective Breeding

Selective Breeding

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If you are looking for an online (Google) unit on Selective Breeding, see this unit Artificial Selection.

You may also like this companion piece, Natural Selection

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