Grade LevelHigh School
AuthorsRebecca Clements, David Mangus
This lesson provides students with an opportunity to engage with research demonstrating evolution in real-time. Students will confront many misconceptions about how evolution works, and will come to understand how evolution affects human health. Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- explain that a population is a group of individuals with different traits and characteristics;
- describe that diversity in a population is the result of accumulated changes in the DNA sequence;
- explain that natural selection identifies individuals with traits best suited for a particular environment; and
- argue from evidence why overuse of antibiotics is leading to a public health crisis.
Optional Day 2 Classroom activity – Modeling of MEGA-plate with “Bacterial Invasion!” board game activity.
Black-and-white versions of the color images used in the lesson.