Tracking Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

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What's that buzzing in your ear? An insightful lesson about genetically modified mosquitoes! Partnered pupils explore the creation, release, and monitoring of mosquitoes designed to reduce the mosquito population. After watching a video, groups engage in experimental design to formulate ideas for keeping track of how effective the super bugs are in the areas they inhabit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • If your class is new to experimental design, create some well-structured groups and allow a little extra time to get everyone on the same page
  • Be sure to play the video at the beginning of the lesson, or possibly the day before
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider having the class read up on genetically modified organisms before beginning the activity
  • Arrange for computer time if students use spreadsheets to organize their data
Pros
  • The topic is fascinating and very timely
  • All printable resources are organized in the teacher's guide
Cons
  • None
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