Parasites Teacher Resources
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Students examine malaria and its causes. Using the internet and other sources, they research mosquitoes and develop a Malaria handbook. In groups, students are assigned sections of the handbook to complete. In addition, they create a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class.
In this species relationships worksheet, students will brainstorm animals or plants that are examples of mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism.
In this fungi worksheet, students will read about the three different ways that fungi get their food; decomposers, parasites, and mutualists. Then students will match three statements with the diagrams that fit the description.
In this trials for life worksheet, students fill in the charts as they watch a video. Students identify the types of symbiosis as mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, or predator-prey relationship.
For this food web study worksheet, students record how 24 animals get their food. Each animal should categorized as a forager, grazer, filter feeder, parasite, predator, or scavenger on the graphic organizer.
Students examine the impact of Guinea Worm Disease. In this world issues lesson, students take on the roles of Peace Corps Volunteers. Students will apply their knowledge of the Guinea worm life cycle to create a plan for eradicating the disease. They create public service announcements (PSAs) for radio broadcast to communicate their plans.
Students participate in a webquest regarding Guinea worm disease. In this Guinea worm disease lesson, students gather background information regarding the waterborne illness in Ghana. Students use the information they gather to make PSAs pertaining to their plans to eradicate the disease.
Particularly useful for English language learners, this resource tests learners on their ability to distinguish between doing something and having something done. There's an example at the top of the page and 15 sentences that follow. Then, to finish it off, learners write four examples of their own.
Students explore the concept of biomimicry. In this cooperative design lesson, students consider how cooperation is connected to nature and then collaborate to create their own cooperative designs for the future.
The activies here are designed to reinforce the differences between the three types of symbiotic relationships. Your high school students complete the included worksheet after reading external sources of information and discuss an imaginary symbiotic creature. The link here is to a wikipedia page, which is open for public editing, and therefore should be double-checked before providing.
Students analyze and discuss insect diversity and all of the functions that insects perform in nature. They examine habitat and function cards, and distribute themselves by function and habitat.
Seventh graders research organisms in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They create a picture book demonstrating their understanding of relationships.
Students answer the question: "How do different organisms living in the same community help each other?" and invent two organisms with attributes that allow them to live together as helpful partners to show their understanding of the question.
Students explore how animals survive in the winder. After attending a gall-collecting field trip, students place them in a freezer. Once frozen, the students open the gall flay larva and observe it as the larva revives. Students discuss the various parasites they may find in the gall.
A pretest, direct instruction, and a post-test make up this lesson on animal enclosures. Narrative is provided for you to guide youngsters through an imaginary tour of a chicken and a pig farm, explain fixtures needed for enclosures, and discuss sanitation. The lesson appears to be directed toward upper elementary aged children.
Students discuss the types of technology that are used to control the lamprey population in the Great Lakes. They explain the parasite/host relationship and discuss how the Great Lakes are connected. They also locate spawning hot spots of the lamprey in the Great Lakes.
Students research viruses and their effects on the evolution of a rabbit population. They complete a teacher created worksheet of questions on their research. They present their research to classmates.
Students classify different diseases as having non-pathogenic or pathogenic routes of entry. Using the internet, they research the differences between pathogenic agents and identify casual agents. They explore one disease and its pathogen to present to the class.
Eighth graders identify beneficial and harmful relationships between population ecosystems. They list a-biotic features, biotic features, and what sorts of populations might live in their backyard. They study how populations interact with each other while each is trying to survive.
Fifth graders discover the many types of characteristics that organisms have to control their environment. They examine butterflies and their similarities and differences.