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Genetic Changes in Dogs

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


Students will read information and/or watch a video about selective breeding of dogs and discuss the pros and cons related to the manipulation of animal species.

Main Curriculum Tie:
SEEd - Grade 7 (2017)
Strand 7.4: Reproduction and Inheritance 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.



Instructional Procedures:

  1. Make copies of the student sheet and reading selection.
  2. Read the introduction first 4 questions with students before they begin the cow video. Make sure they understand what they are looking for in the video.
  3. Ask the students to answer question 5 and discuss their answers. Make sure they know that humans have deliberately altered dogs the natural characteristics of dogs to emphasis certain desired traits.
  4. Show some or all of the video clips on dogs.
  5. Give students time to read the article on dogs and finish their questions.
  6. Ask students to get in groups of 2-3 and discuss and write their final paragraph. Ask volunteers from each group to share their work.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Feb 23 2015 07:50 AM