A lesson that requires students to read detailed scientific passages and explain how an understanding of specific icefish adaptations might lead to a treatment or cure for human disorders, such as osteoporosis and anemia.
Appropriate for: high school biology (all levels), introductory college biology.
This lesson serves as an extension to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute short film The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes. It will also require students to read and process detailed scientific about two common human diseases that share some physiological similarities with certain icefish adaptations. Students are asked to relate how studying the genetics of these icefish adaptations could help in finding treatments or cures for common human diseases.
NGSS (April 2013)
HS-LS2-6, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS.LS1.A, HS.LS2.C, HS.LS4.B, HS.LS4.C
Common Core (2010)
ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1, ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4, ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.9, ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.1, ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.1, ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2, ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7, ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4, ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.8, ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.9, ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.4, ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.7, ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.8
AP Biology (2012–13)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 3.A.1, 3.C.1, 4.C.1
IB Biology (2009)
4.1, 4.3, 5.4, 6.2, 7.5