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.
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
Tagsantibiotic resistance, ingestion, microbiome, mutation
"The depth of the questions encouraged students to critically think and collaborate with their peers."
– Danika Korpacz, Central Falls HS, Central Falls, RI