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Unit 6 Biotechnology 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Unit 6 Biotechnology 5E Instructional Model Plan

Advances in technology have opened up new possibilities in fields as diverse as medicine, food production, and conservation biology. In manipulating living organisms, humans have the ability to solve many of society's concerns. However, a deep understanding of the technologies and the ethical implications involved must be brought into the decision making process. In this sequence, students will have the opportunity to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using biotechnology as a tool in conservation biology.

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Unit 6 Biotechnology Diagram Predict and Confirm Activity

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Unit 6 Biotechnology Diagram Predict and Confirm Activity

In this activity, students use a diagram to predict the steps in genetically modifying organisms and cloning. Students read a text on each process to confirm or clarify their understanding of the process.

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Unit 6 Biotechnology Performance Task

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Unit 6 Biotechnology Performance Task

How can we use biotechnology to identify evolutionary relationships between organisms and to help conserve biodiversity? In this task, students use evidence from a set of laboratory tests to identify a close relative of an endangered plant, Botana curus, and explore alternative ways in which biotechnology can be used to conserve this species.

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Unit 6 DNA Structure Lab

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Unit 6 DNA Structure Lab

In this lab, students explore the structure of DNA.

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Unit 6 Exploring Mutations Animation

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Unit 6 Exploring Mutations Animation

In this activity, students use an online simulation to explore the different types of mutations and how mutations impact traits.

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Unit 6 Gel Electrophoresis Lab

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Unit 6 Gel Electrophoresis Lab

In this lab, students learn how to use gel electrophoresis as a conservation tool.

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Unit 6 Genetics, Biotechnology & Bioethics Unit Plan

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Unit 6 Genetics, Biotechnology & Bioethics Unit Plan

DNA, as students learned earlier in the year, is found in all living things, and has a common role in heredity. In this unit, students investigate genetic processes including protein synthesis, inheritance, and gene expression. They then learn about modifications of these processes through the lens of genetic engineering, biotechnology, and natural selection. Students will investigate these concepts through background readings, interactive simulations, and hands-on experience with biotechnology labs including analyzing DNA samples using gel electrophoresis.

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Unit 6 Genetics & Biotechnology Unit Anticipation Guide

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Unit 6 Genetics & Biotechnology Unit Anticipation Guide

Students use the anticipation guide to surface their prior knowledge about genetics and biotechnology. After completing the unit, students return to the guide to reflect on how their thinking has changed.

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Unit 6 Molecular Genetics 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Unit 6 Molecular Genetics 5E Instructional Model Plan

In all organisms, the coded instructions for specifying the characteristics of the organism are carried in DNA. In this sequence, student will explore the chemical and structural properties of DNA and the process of protein synthesis in order to understand the molecular basis of heredity. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to think about mutations and their role in providing genetic diversity.

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Unit 6 Protein Synthesis Animation

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Unit 6 Protein Synthesis Animation

In this activity, students have the opportunity to generate observations about the process of protein synthesis, using an online simulation. Students clarify their understanding using text.

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Unit 6 Regents Item Bank

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Unit 6: Genetics, Biotech, and Decision-Making
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Unit 6 Regents Item Bank

 

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Unit 6 Relationships and Biodiversity State Lab

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Unit 6 Relationships and Biodiversity State Lab

Students learn about the role of biotechnology in conservation through this mandated State Lab.

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