Genetically Modified Foods WebQuest

Introduction

Did you know that scientists have inserted genes of different organisms into plants and animals?

Did you know that some of the food you eat everyday has genes in it that have been inserted from other organisms?

How do you feel about eating food like this?

In this WebQuest, you will learn more about this

Task

Your task is to

-discover what the definition of genetically modified food is

-list some examples of food that has been genetically modified

-list advantages of genetically modified foods

-list disadvantages of genetically modified foods

-use your upper-level thinking skills to analyze and evaluate all of the collected information and then synthesise a persuasive opinion about what you think should be done in regards to genetically modified foods

Process

-Use the following links to research information about genetically modified foods

-Fill in the worksheet to help you organize information

-Form a persuasive opinion based on the information you researched

-Make a PowerPoint presentation that communicates all of this information to the class

 

 

http://www.bionetonline.org/English/Content/ff_cont3.htm

 

http://www.faqs.org/nutrition/Foo-Hea/Genetically-Modified-Foods.html

 

http://www.actionbioscience.org/biotech/sakko.html

 

http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php

 

Genetically Modified Foods Worksheet

1.      What is a definition of genetically modified foods?

2.      List 10 foods that have been genetically modified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.      List 10 advantages of foods that have been genetically modified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.      List 10 disadvantages of foods that have been genetically modified.

 

 

 

 

 

5.      Write your opinion of genetically modified foods. Should the number of genetically modified foods be increased, decreased, eliminated, stay the same, or something else? Support your opinion with numerous facts and be very persuasive.

 

 Evaluation

Your project will be graded according to the following rubric

Scoring Rubric

 

Incomplete (0)

Beginning

(1)

Developing

(2)

Accomplished

(3)

Exemplary

(4)

Multiplier

Worksheet

No effort

Less than 50% filled out correctly

50% to 79% filled out correctly

80% to 99% filled out correctly

100% filled out correctly

2

Opinion

No effort

-Explains position

-Based on little support from research

-Not at all persuasive

-Explains position

-Based on some support from research

-Somewhat persuasive

-Explains position

-Based on much support from research

-Persuasive but didn’t convince me that they were correct

-Explains position

-Based on extensive support from research

-Extremely persuasive, convinced me that they were correct

10

PowerPoint

No effort

-Poorly designed and organized

-Difficult to read and understand what is being said

-Group has little or no knowledge of  issues

-Some organization and some evidence of time spent in preparation

-Somewhat difficult to read and understand what is being said

-Group has some knowledge of issues

-Organized

-Evidence of time spent in preparation

-Somewhat easy to read and understand what is being said

-Group has good knowledge of issues

-Very well organized

-Evidence of time spent in preparation

-Very easy to read and understand what is being said

-Group has extensive knowledge of issues

3

 














































Conclusion

Think of all the genetically modified foods that you eat.

Think of what you learned from this WebQuest every time you eat genetically modified food.

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates genetically modified foods for environmental safety, the United States Department of Agriculture regulates genetically modified foods for environmental safety while the Food and Drug Administration evaluates whether a plant is safe to eat.

What do you think about how genetically modified foods are regulated?

What can you do about your concerns regarding genetically modified foods?

Last modified: Thursday, 10 December 2009, 10:23 AM