AG/ENVIRONMENTAL COURSE UNIT 7

Plant to Pharmaceutical

How are plant compounds identified, isolated, and manufactured to treat disease?

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AG/ENVIRONMENTAL | UNIT 7
UNIT 8

At a Glance

STORYLINE

  • Analyze plants with potential bioactive properties and consider challenges related to biodiversity, conservation, and intellectual property.

PACING

  • 9 week unit
  • 45-minute classes
  • Built in flex days

FRAMING

  • Standards Aligned
  • Driving Question
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Project Based

LESSON PLANS AND LABS

  • 8 Lessons with Lab Elements
  • 1 Core Lab
  • 1 Final Project

Lesson Plans, Labs and Student Capture Sheets

This unit includes lesson plans, labs, student capture sheets that empower educators to engage all students. These lesson bundles can be downloaded, for use in the classroom.

Introduction
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Plant to Pharmaceutical

Students will work as part of a pharmaceutical team that has developed a new drug derived from a plant with medicinal properties, before developing a sales pitch with a molecular model, communication plan, and financial analysis.
Lesson 1
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Biodiversity on Earth

5 classes
How can maps be used to investigate relationships between stakeholders, their local ecosystems, and potential sources of plant-based medicine? Create a biodiversity map to analyze where plants with bioactive properties might be located.
LESSON PLANPDF4.4MB
Lesson 2
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Ethical Collaboration

6 classes
How can researchers ethically collaborate with Indigenous communities when developing new intellectual property? Identify and discuss judgements made during drug discovery around biodiversity, conservation, and intellectual property.
LESSON PLANPDF3.9MB
Lesson 3
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Botanical Collections and iNaturalist

4 classes
How are botanical collections used to study the taxonomy, genetics, and distribution of plants on Earth? Use evolutionary analysis to hypothesize relationships and medicinal properties of botanical specimens.
LESSON PLANPDF2.6MB
Lesson 4
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The Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Drug Development

5 classes
How can we design a community plant garden to promote health and healing? Learn about Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge and design a community medicinal plant garden.
LESSON PLANPDF3.8MB
Lesson 5
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Drug Discovery Using Plant Extracts

5 classes
1 lab
How can we find bioactive compounds in nature? Utilize an assay to identify one example of bioactivity in plants: antibiotic activity.
LESSON PLANPDF3.2MB
Lesson 6
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Plant and Disease

5 classes
How are plant-based medicines designed for a specific patient population? Identify a bioactive plant compound and the condition treated by that compound using research.
LESSON PLANPDF2.4MB
Lesson 7
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Plant Medicine Product Development

5 classes
How do individuals collaborate on Project Teams to create models, communication plans, and financial analyses? Collaborate to model a plant-based medicine, identify a patient population, and a plan to scale and manufacture the medicine.
LESSON PLANPDF1.7MB
Lesson 8
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Product Development: Collaboration, Feedback and Revisions

5 classes
How do teams communicate to evaluate and improve a product? Give and receive feedback to evaluate and improve plant-based medicine products.
LESSON PLANPDF1.2MB
Lesson 9
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Product Showcase

5 classes
What supporting evidence do biotech companies use to determine which drugs to bring to market? Use models and marketing plans to provide evidence for why a drug should be produced by a biotech company, based on the needs of a specific patient population.
LESSON PLANPDF896KB
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