This complete unit will help you teach your middle school science class about selective breeding and artificial selection!
It will save you lots of time and energy and it will keep your students engaged!
Students will learn about artificial selection, hybrids, selective breeding, gene therapy, and GMOs, while also learning about the technologies that make this possible.
Your class will engage in critical thinking and analyze the information provided on the topic of artificial selection and selective breeding.
Your unit begins with an informative PowerPoint slideshow on selective breeding – and don’t forget to use the strategic note taking guide.
A large unit with a variety of activities.
If you use the suggested schedule I’ve included, this unit will cover eight days’ worth of lessons and activities! There is a two-page article on selective breeding, follow-up pages, thinking pages on ethical and environmental issues around GMOs and hybrids, a quiz, and answer keys for everything!
Designed to cover NGSS MS-LS4-5 and Utah SEEd 7.4.4.
You can be sure you’re teaching everything that you need to cover the standard!
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 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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Wonderful unit on artificial selection. My students were engaged and interested in the material. Everyone wanted to talk about their pets at home and how they were probably bred for specific traits. Very relatable.Dennis D.
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