Genetically Modified Foods PBL:
1) Introduce GMO foods – definition:
• Dictionary.com definition:
o genetically modified organism: an organism or microorganism whose genetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering.
• Science teacher’s definitions:
o Definition: GMO is when humans intentionally manipulate any organism’s DNA sequence.
o Kid friendly: GMO is when people force a change in a living thing’s instructions to make itself.
2) Students research the benefits and concerns of GMO foods and 5 types of GMO foods using notesheet chart. They may use this list of websites at: http://sqworl.com/vbe0ea
3) Introduce Aristotle’s “Rhetoric – Pathos, Ethos, & Logos” and the art of persuasion, for example, appealing to people’s emotions (pathos), ethics/morals (ethos), and facts (logos).
4) Students plan and create an advertisement on GMO foods, or a specific GMO food, using the “GMO Ad Plan” worksheet. Their ad can be based on benefits and/or concerns. After they complete the plan, they create their ad on paper or computer.
5) Students work in teams to address a “Mission Impossible” task challenging them to “save a World History civilization (based on 7th grade World Geography standards) by utilizing the region’s geography, climate, natural resources, and regional food to design a meal using a modern-day GMO (show PowerPoint and distribute different regions to teams). They use the “Mission Impossible Research Note sheet to research their region and plan their project and meal. They may use this list of websites at: http://sqworl.com/g36aph
6) In teams, students create a presentation of their region and GMO meal to present to the class or at a class fair. Rubric included! See examples from my students on my class blog here: http://datascholars.blogspot.com/2015/03/mission-impossible-gmos-save.html Have fun!