Parasites Teacher Resources
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Symbiosis: Help, Hinder or Destroy
Use background information and vocabulary to familiarize your students with the concept of symbiosis and the role agriculture plays in the shared relationship. They then write the vocabulary in their lab books or journals, and read the story, listing the symbiotic categories.
6th Science CCSS: Designed
Study Jams: Symbiosis
Three types of symbiosis are explained: parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism. This is done with colorful animation and lively dialogue in a straightforward and easy-to-follow manner. Have your ecology class watch this at home and then come to class to discuss the interactions between organisms.
5th - 9th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Friend, Foe, or . . .
As a result of this lesson, upper elementary ocean explorers will be able to describe several interrelationships: symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. They learn that the biological richness is increased near seamounts and use this type of community to find examples of each of these relationships.
5th - 6th Science
Working With Environmental Issues
Pupils consider the source of disease and parasites in West Africa. In this environmental issues lesson plan, students read "Working with Environmental Issues," by Fred Koehler. Pupils participate in an activity that requires students to consider solutions to water pollution issues in West Africa.
3rd - 8th Science
The Secret Lives of Nematodes
Biology or ecology learners studying parasitism or food webs will learn a lot from this lesson on the activity of nematodes. Learners collect soil samples, bait them with insect larvae, and then examine insect carcasses over time to observe the parasitic action of nematodes.
9th - 12th Science
The Trial of the Bloody Sucker
A blood sucking what? Grade schoolers identify the characteristics of blood sucking parasites. They organize their information, identify their arguments, and present them to the class in persuasive arguments. They participate in a debate with their classmates.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History
Parasite Tales: The Jewel Wasp's Zombie Slave
It sounds like the premise of a bad B-horror film from the 70s: a species of beautiful blue wasps turn cockroaches into zombies to host the wasps' offspring. Sometimes, however, nature is the best horror film of all. Carl Zimmer, parasite lover and science writer, explains the process behind the zombification of cockroaches by the parasitic jewel wasp.
7 mins 9th - 12th Science
Deformed Frogs! - The Parasite Hypothesis
This project provides students the opportunity to investigate parasites as a possible cause of the observed frog deformities. It asks students to view web-based evidence and interpret whether it supports the parasite hypothesis. Students write a letter to a scientist stating their opinions and questions about the parasite hypothesis as a culminating activity/assessment.
6th - 9th Science
Students study the Pacific salmon and see the different challenges they face. For this environment lesson students complete several activities that show how humans have affected the salmon environment. These activities have varying levels of detail and can be spread over more lessons if required.
1st - 7th Science