From Prokaryotes to Eukaryotes: Solving Problems Using Plasmids

Grade Range
9th-12th
Active Time
100 minutes
Total Time
100 minutes
Area of Science
Genetics & Genomics
Biotechnology
Agricultural Technology
Key Concepts
prokaryote, eukaryote, cells, plasmid, genetically modified organism (GMO)
Credits
publisher NAC National Agriculture in the Classroom logo

Overview

non-gmo crops of corn, cotton, squash

This lesson compares and contrasts prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and examines the form and function of the plasmid found in prokaryotic cells. Students will then use these principles to simulate how a desirable gene can be isolated and inserted into a plasmid as one step in the process of creating a genetically modified organism (GMO).

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Developing and Using Models. Modeling in 9-12 builds on K-8 experiences and progresses to using, synthesizing, and developing models to predict and show relationships among variables between systems and their components in the natural and designed worlds.

Develop and use a model based on evidence to illustrate the relationships between systems or between components of a system.
LS1.A: Structure and Function. Multicellular organisms have a hierarchical structural organization, in which any one system is made up of numerous parts and is itself a component of the next level.
Systems and System Models. Models (e.g., physical, mathematical, computer models) can be used to simulate systems and interactions—including energy, matter, and information flows—within and between systems at different scales.

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Grade Range
9th-12th
Active Time
100 minutes
Total Time
100 minutes
Area of Science
Genetics & Genomics
Biotechnology
Agricultural Technology
Key Concepts
prokaryote, eukaryote, cells, plasmid, genetically modified organism (GMO)
Credits
publisher NAC National Agriculture in the Classroom logo
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