This is a very simple activity which is easy to carry out, and which shows students that GM plants are not identifiable by sight.  The students have to guess which plants have been genetically modified by looking either at pictures of the plants (supplied), or even better still, at the actual plants themselves.

Tutor explaining GM foods

This is quick to do (10 minutes), but can be extended to take as long as you like if you want to structure a whole lesson about GM crops around it.

It can be carried out with children from age 11 onwards, and can also be adapted to suit older children and adults by adding in more information about how GM plants are created.

This session fits in with Key Stage 4 of the National Curriculum for England (ages 11-14).

What this activity will demonstrate is:

  • That genetically modified (GM) crops the same as non-genetically modified crops.
  • That many crops and plants have been modified to meet a range of needs.
  • That some GM crops are “transgenic” where genes from a different species have been introduced.

Activity Information
Author(s): GENIE
Subject: Genetics
Level: Ages 11-14
Language: English
Publish Date: 1st March 2012

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