High School: Why Don't Antibiotics Work Like They Used To? (v3.1)
Unit submitted by Next Generation Science Storylines. The content of the unit posted is the same version 3.1 reviewed by Achieve. However, formatting has been changed in the following ways: Unit front matter has been broken into two separate documents 1. Storylines Teacher Handbook and 2. Evolution Front Matter. Modified templates were created to enhance usability which altered all page numbers. Spanish translations of student materials are also available in the lesson folders.
Rating: Example of High Quality NGSS Design
Science Discipline: Life Science
Awarded the NGSS Design Badge
This high school unit on natural selection and evolution starts out with students exploring the case of a young girl with a life-threatening infection of pan-resistant bacteria. This case sparks questions that lead them to investigate the growing prevalence of such cases and discrepancies between antibiotic use in their communities and CDC recommendations. As they develop a model to explain how bacteria populations change over time, students expand their investigations to look at whether similar population changes are occurring in a population of birds (Juncos).
A previous version of this unit (v1.0) was reviewed by the Science PRP and was posted here with a Example of High Quality NGSS Design If Improved rating. This unit has been revised based on that feedback.