We are all about education here, so we’re sharing some of our favorite
teacher resources on apple farming, biotechnology and agriculture in general!
High School. Introduces students to the relationships between chromosomes, genes, and DNA molecules. It also provides activities that clearly show how changes in the DNA of an organism, made by using either natural or scientific techniques, can cause changes. Available via National Agriculture in the Classroom.
High School. This lesson provides students with a brief overview of biotechnology, equipping them with the ability to evaluate the social, environmental, and economic arguments for and against genetically modified crops. Available via National Agriculture in the Classroom.
Middle Years – High School. Covers in depth the concepts of genetics including an introduction to human inheritance, genetic breeding, Punnett squares, the importance of genetic diversity, biotechnology, gene marker selection, and the use of biotechnology for sustainable agriculture. Available via California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
Middle Years. Learn about apple genetics related to production through a hands-on activity exploring the characteristics of apple varieties. Students will apply their knowledge of heredity and genetics to discover how new varieties of apples are developed through cross-breeding techniques. Available via National Agriculture in the Classroom.
Middle Years. Six lessons designed to encourage students to think critically about topics such as sustainability, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and biodiversity. Students will explore information from a variety of sources and apply their knowledge through hands-on activities and engaging projects. Available via Good in Every Grain.
Middle Years. Students will learn about two types of plant propagation – seed planting (sexual) and stem cuttings (asexual) and recognize the genetic differences in these processes, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each method. Available via National Agriculture in the Classroom.
Early Years. Students will explore heredity concepts by comparing observable traits of apples and onions, collecting data on traits of different apple varieties, and learning about apple production. Additional activities include hands-on methods for testing apple ripeness. Available via National Agriculture in the Classroom.
Want to learn more about Arctic® apples?
We offer a variety of content intended to help all ages better understand Arctic® apples and the apple industry in general. Find some of our top picks below.
A look at how Arctic® apples were improved with their nonbrowning benefit using gene silencing. Links to further information are provided in text for those looking for an in-depth look.