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The Elephant Tusk Project

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Big Idea &

Essential Questions  

Lesson Overview   Eliciting and Engaging the Student Developing the Ideas Checking for Understanding  


Big Idea 1:  The Groundwork


Essential Questions:

  • What is Biotechnology?
  • What are the fields in which Biotech is used? 
  • What are the practical applications of Biotech?

In these lessons, students will get a general overview of what biotechnology is, the history and advances of biotechnology, and the various fields in which biotech is being used to help find solutions to global problems.




Lesson 1-1: Intro to Biotechnology




Lesson 1-2: Biotech Jigsaw


Lesson 1-3: Genetics and Society

  • What is one thing you learned from each of the Biotech Jigsaw presentations?


  • Based on your WebQuest, what are the 5 practical applications that Genetics and Biotechnology are having on Society.


  • How has your learning during these past lessons affected how you think of Biotechnology?



Big Idea 2: The History


Essential Questions:

  • How Do Scientists Use Biotechnology to Help Conserve Species?
  • What is our scenario? 
  • Who Are The Scientists?  
  • Why Elephants?
  • What is The Ivory Story? 
  Lesson 2-1: Using Biotechnology to Conserve Species Lesson 2-2:  Using Biotech to Conserve Species: "WHO DUNG IT? Scenario"  

Big Idea 3: The Mission


Essential Questions: 

  • What techniques do we need to perform our mission? 
  • Can we use DNA Technology to track the ivory?

Big Idea 4: The Assessment


Essential Questions:

  • Can we use what we've learned and apply to the conservation of another species? 


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