Days to Teach:
What is cloning (25 min), Click and clone (20 min), Risks associated with cloning (15 min)
Teaching Tips / Activity Overview:
- It might be useful to quickly click through the different websites that will be used in this lesson as a whole class just so the students are familiar with the web sites they will be using.
- I let the students use their headphones for any computer work with sound just so that they stay focused on what they are doing and where they are at in the activity and do not get distracted by all the sounds in the room.
- Introduction: The teacher will begin class by asking the students who Dolly the Sheep is. The teacher will lead a quick discussion on cloning and then explain the lesson activities
- Activity: Students will go to the "What is cloning" website and complete written questions about the different types of cloning and how they are accomplished. Next, students will complete a somatic cell nuclear transfer in a virtual mouse. Necessary ingredients and tools appear on the screen and students can move the petri dishes around and explore the process using a microscope. At the end of the process, students will have a baby mouse clone. Finally, the students will explore the ethics related to cloning and write a short opinion essay answering seven key questions about their views of cloning.
- Wrap-up: The teacher will ask students to informally share their views on cloning with the class as time permits.
- Students will be required to complete their opinion essay for homework after brief class discussion. The teacher will go over the students' worksheet the next day to check for accuracy and to review.