Rise of Superbugs Unit Standard & Learning Targets:

Standard: Biological Evolution & Inheritance

LS3.B: Variation of Traits

I can make and defend a claim using evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors; LS3.2

Learning Targets

Knowledge Targets

1. I can define and use the following terms as they relate to our unit:

  • Meiosis, mutation, DNA, DNA replication, Environment, Bacterial conjugation, genetic variation

2. I can identify a cause of genetic variation from a scenario or picture

Reasoning Target

1. I can explain how an individual bacterium can be different from another

Product Target

I can create a complete summary of the current problem of increasing bacteria that are antibiotic resistant, specifically suggests causes that have led to this problem, and proposes anc critiques multiple relevant and realistic solutions to the problem.

LS4.C & D: Biological Evolution

I can explain the process of biological evolution through natural selection is a result of four primary factors; LS4.2

I can construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations; LS4.4

Learning Targets

Knowledge Targets

1. I can define and use the following terms as they relate to our unit:

  • Natural selection, genetic variation, heritable (inherit), adaptation, reproduction, resistance, competition

2.  I can identify the four factors necessary for natural selection to occur

3. I can describe how an adaptation develops within a species over time

Reasoning Target

1. I can explain how the process of natural selection can cause a bacteria species to change over time in a changing environment based on four primary factors

2. I can specifically evaluate population data information (statistical data, physical traits, DNA data) to determine if the population has changed over time through natural selection

3. I can support my explanations with real life examples besides bacteria

Product Target

I can create a complete summary of the current problem of increasing bacteria that are antibiotic resistant, specifically suggests causes that have led to this problem, and proposes anc critiques multiple relevant and realistic solutions to the problem.