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Fish Parasite Survey
Students count nematodes, cestodes and crustaceans on approximately one-hundred and fifty fish. They fill out autopsy reports for external and internal parasites then complete and discuss guide questions to make inferences about parasite evolution.
9th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
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 4 Views 3 Downloads
Fish Parasite Survey
Pupils survey and dissect as many fish as possible. They count nematodes, cestodes and crustaceans on the fish, fill out autopsy reports, and transfer data to a chalkboard data table. Students graph the results of the entire class and explore coevolution.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
The Salmon Estuary And Human Impacts
Students have discussions and complete activities about the pacific salmon life cycle and marine parasites. In this salmon lesson plan, students complete activities such as observing sea lice, playing a tag game, and a board game.
4th - 6th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Friend, Foe, or . . .
As a result of this instructional activity, 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 4 Views 28 Downloads
Working With Environmental Issues
Young scholars consider the source of disease and parasites in West Africa. In this environmental issues instructional activity, students read "Working with Environmental Issues," by Fred Koehler. Young scholars participate in an activity that requires students to consider solutions to water pollution issues in West Africa.
3rd - 8th Science 4 Views 10 Downloads
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 3 Views 7 Downloads
New Review Communicable Diseases
Pathogens, what they are, how they spread, and how to prevent them from spreading are the focus of this resource that can be used to prepare learners for a performance task assessment or to begin the study of communicable diseases.
7th - 11th Science 7 Views 4 Downloads
Parasites: Our Tiny Companions
Young scholars consider parasites that seek human hosts. They prepare nutrient agar plates and cultivate samples of bacteria taken from their own bodies. They experiment with disinfectants and soaps to determine which method kills the most bacteria.
4th - 9th Science 6 Views 30 Downloads
Cheese, Dogs, and a Pill to Kill Mosquitoes and End Malaria
This is a fantastic demonstration of how out-of-the-box science can serve the needs of mankind and save millions of lives. Bart Knois takes his audience through the step-by-step process of his research to kill mosquitoes and fight malaria in African nations, including his studies of what smells mosquitoes are attracted to, how to find breeding sites, and how we can train dogs to not only find mosquito larvae but also identify humans that possess parasites transferred by mosquitoes.
10 mins 9th - 12th Science 4 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 23 Views 109 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Students study the Pacific salmon and see the different challenges they face. In this environment activity 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 3 Views 18 Downloads