Does G.E. Really Bring Good Things to Life?
reading the information and answering the yes/no questions, answer the
1. Based on your reading, in your opinion what are the three strongest arguments
AGAINST genetically modified crops?
2. Based on your reading, in your opinion what are the three strongest arguments
FOR genetically modified crops?
B. Click on Engineer a Crop. Read the introductory material, and then click on
the Selective Breeding link and read the background information.
3. Before genetic engineering was done in a laboratory, how did farmers
improve their crops from year to year?
Click on BEGIN and follow the directions to complete the Selective Breeding
activity. Once you finish this activity, scroll back to the initial generation
4. Why did you choose the corn that you chose for each crop?
5. Compare your final crop with your first crop.
6. Why are the final and initial crops different from each other?
C. Return to Engineer a Crop and click on the Transgenic Manipulation link.
Click on BEGIN and complete the activity. Youll need to click-and-drag
several times to do this.
7. What is a transgenic plant?
8. What is the ultimate, specific goal of this particular transgenic
9. After completing this part of the activity, summarize how a transgenic plant
D. Click on the link for Whats for Dinner?. When the dinner table shows up,
click on each of the items on the tabledont forget the tablecloth! Read the
information provided for each item.
10. Choose 4 of the descriptions and summarize each.
E. Finally, click on Viewpoints and explore that area of this website. Make
sure you click on each of the 5 links and read the information on each page.
11. Now that you have completed the activity, write a paragraph that wraps up
your understanding and your thoughts about genetically modified crops.
If time permits, take some time to explore this website: