6th Grade: Complete and submit work on Google Classroom
Yesterday we learned about infectious disease and pathogens. We Listed common causes of infectious diseases. We distinguish between a bacterium, a protozoa, and a fungi.
We also started two discussion threads to prevent and figure out how infectious diseases are spread.Many students did an excellent job writing and discussing with their peers.
In class we also learned that good bacteria in our stomach help with digestion and kill other bacterias that are bad for us. The bacteria in our stomachs is an example of a natural cure for pest bacteria that our bodies do not need.
Today we are going to be looking at natural underground microorganisms found in caves to find out if these organisms can cure human diseases.
1. READ :
Underground search for new drugs:
2. Explore More
Use the resources below to answer the following questions: https://youtu.be/0y9_lKq3rsc
1. Explain why caves are a unique environment to look for living organisms used to make drugs.
2. Why do scientists feel that environments which encourage microbial competition are good places to look for drugs?
3. What sorts of clues do researchers look for to identify potential microbial colonies in caves?
4. What two factors determine the biological activity of a compound? How does this help explain how some drugs can mimic natural compounds?
5. What is one basic advantage natural compounds have over wholly synthetic compounds in the search for new drugs?
6. What are "pool fingers"? What do they teach us about microbial lives in caves?
DUE BY THE END OF THE DAY IN GOOGLE CLASS ROOM.
Caltech & John Hopkins
Thursday 4.23: Login to Stemscopes and complete the Interactive Simulation: Energy Forms and Changes - Thermal Energy. You will record your responses on the attachment provided.
Rice & Brandeis:
Thursday 4.23: Complete the Amoeba Sisters video recap worksheet due Friday at 9am