Bonnie Waltz, Deanna Mayers, Tracy Rains
Life Science, Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
9, 10, 11, 12
  • Biotechnology and Change
  • Dolly the Sheep
  • Gene Expression
  • Genetic Engineering
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    Cloning and the Future

    Cloning and the Future


    Cloning is an amazing technology that allows us to make exact copies of living organisms.  From duplicating organs to designer babies, the possibilities are endless; however, there are numerous drawbacks to cloning creatures. In this lesson you will explore how cloning works and identify your core values and feelings on the concepts. And finally, you will produce a presentation that outlines the benefits and drawbacks  of this technology.



    Explain how genetic engineering has impacted the fields of medicine, forensics, and agriculture (e.g., selective breeding, gene splicing, cloning, genetically modified organisms, gene therapy).


    Introductory warm-up activity.

    In today’s lesson you will be learning about the basics of cloning. This technology has the potential to change the world. Imagine a place where you could copy an organ you need replaced! To get started, watch the following video “Introduction to cloning.”  


    Read or watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.





    What is cloning? In this section you will learn about cloning and transgenic animals by reading the article on “Cloning.”

    Dolly the sheep was an important event in science history. Watch the following “New York Times report” to learn more. Use this video guide while you watch.


    How exactly do you clone an organism?  Learn more by completing the activity “Click and Clone.


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


    Cloning of humans is considered controversial. Based on your experiences so far, think about why cloning humans is a “hot button” issue that has led to countries banning the technique. Explain your thoughts with evidence from your learning.  


    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about the this topic.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.

    Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.


    Cloning has a variety of applications aside from simply copying a living thing.  Based on your lesson experience and additional research, create a  prezi that illustrates different applications of cloning (for example, stem cells.) Use the following to guide you.

    • FInd at least five different applications.

    • Describe each one.

    Use this rubric to check your work.


    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    After completing this learning experience, reflect on your understandings and respond to the prompt below.

    • Which activity in this seminar helped you the most?  If you are unsure, think about what parts helped you gain a better understanding of this concept.