Grades 9-10

    Curriculum-Embedded Performance Task

  Strand IV: Cell Chemistry & Biotechnology




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Bio-engineered Food


 Science, Technology & Society

Teacher Materials




Bio-engineered Food


Teacher Materials


This curriculum-embedded science performance task is related to the content standards and expected performances for Grades 9-10, as described in the Core Science Curriculum Framework, under Scientific Inquiry, Literacy and Numeracy, Strand IV – Cell Chemistry and Biotechnology. 



Targeted Content Standard

10.3 - Similarities in the chemical and structural properties of DNA in all living organisms allow the transfer of genes from one organism to another.

Targeted Scientific Inquiry, Literacy and Numeracy Standards

D INQ. 2 Read, interpret and examine the credibility and validity of scientific claims in different sources of information.

D INQ. 9 Articulate conclusions and explanations based on research data, and assess results based on the design of an investigation.

D INQ. 10 Communicate about science in different formats, using relevant science vocabulary, supporting evidence and clear logic.




Learning objective: 


Students will assess the risk versus benefit of genetically altered food sources and use their research to defend a position in favor of or opposed to labeling genetically altered foods.




Access to computer/Internet




Information specific to genetically altered food sources may be found at these and many other websites: