Do you need to teach Selective Breeding 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.
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
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. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on synthesizing information from reliable sources about the influence of humans on genetic outcomes in artificial selection (such as genetic modification, animal husbandry, gene therapy); and, on the impacts, these technologies have on society as well as the technologies leading to these scientific discoveries.]
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)
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