Science 9-10 Stem Cells

Science 9-10 Stem Cells

Standards & Objectives

Essential and guiding questions: 
  • What central ideas about stem cells are present in the text?
  • Why are the first cells in early embryonic development referred to as being “unspecialized”?
  • After reading the text, what concept does the author convey in the picture?
  • What are the implications for the use of stem cells in the medical field, according to the article?
  • How does the author convey the need for stem cell research? Cite specific evidence from the text.
  • According to the article, why is there controversy concerning stem cell research?

Activity/Task Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers:

  • Pre-teach vocabulary.
  • Pair up a struggling reader with a partner to read and discuss the text.
  • Allow extra time for the reading and writing tasks.
  • Allow foreign language-English dictionary.