Importance of Deep-Sea Ecosystems – Chemists with No Backbones

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Marine invertebrates offer us many new options for developing pharmaceutical drugs, such as w-conotoxin MVIIA, which is extracted from the cone snail and is a potent painkiller. The lesson encourages scholars to research various types of deep sea invertabrates and their importance. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a chemist from a pharmaceutical company to speak to your class
Classroom Considerations

  • Uses a board for presentations and will work with a chalk board, white board, bulletin board, smart board, or overhead with transparencies
  • Requires Internet access during the research portion
  • Lesson is the seventh in a series of 16
Pros

  • Provides many links for possible extensions, related lesson plans, online interactive demos, and resources
  • Includes both a written and oral report, which is great for different learning styles
Cons

  • None