Grade Level

High School

Topics

Biology

Authors

Rebecca Clements, David Mangus

Lesson Summary

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.

Additional Documents:

Optional Day 2 Classroom activity – Modeling of MEGA-plate with “Bacterial Invasion!” board game activity.

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP2, SP6, SP7

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-LS3-4(MA), HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4

NGSS (2013):

HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1 ​, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1  

Tags

antibiotic resistance, ingestion, microbiome, mutation

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