Saturday, September 22, 2007

Genpets: idea for a lesson


(For Adult, advanced students!)
Lesson plan:
Give students pictures of the so called Genpets and make them guess what that is.
Then give them the text to read:
Unpackage your Genpet and unpackage a world of possibilities.

Say Hello to the all New Genpets™ from Bio.Genica!The Genpets™ are Pre-Packaged, Bioengineered pets implemented today!
That’s right, Genpets are not toys or robots. They are living, breathing genetic animals.
Students answer questions:
  • What did you think of the article?
  • Would you buy a Genpet? (why/why not)
  • What are the advantages / disadvantages of a "pet" like this one?
  • Do you think genetic engineering is beneficial for the human race? In what way?

In the end tell students it was a hoax (explain "hoax")

If there is a computer/internet connection, you can also try this link with various hoaxes:

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/4198/

The discussion could continue with what is real and what not and why does it happen.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh eww, it looks like a goblin, Theo san :(( As you know, I work with very, VERY young children, so if I brought one of these to school.. they'd CRY! :-O
But it sure sounds like a very interesting lesson plan!

Anastasia Marou said...

Sounds like a great idea and a great way to get children motivated