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- Joseph D., Student teacher
- Albuquerque, NM
Parasitism Teacher Resources
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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.
Student determine how to manage pests using biological control. They examine how knowledge of the pest's food chain is helpful in managing pests. Finally, they identify the three groups of biological control agents. They listen, take notes, and complete answers to questions presented on a PowerPoint while deciding if each picture is a predator, parasite, or pathogen.
Students 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. Students participate in an activity that requires students to consider solutions to water pollution issues in West Africa.
Offering a comprehensive overview of symbiotic relationships, this presentation would be a great way to introduce or review material covered in a biology class. There are definitions, examples, and a quiz on the meaning of parasitism, mutualism and commensalism. In the quiz, there are a few pictures that teachers may want to swap for better illustrations.
Young scholars study the disease of malaria. In this malaria lesson, students conduct an experiment using glitter. Young scholars shake hands with each other, which leaves glitter as a representation of the disease being spread. They understand basic facts about malaria; how the disease can spread so quickly, and label the pathways of the malaria parasite.
Students model how the malaria-causing protist avoids immune response in its host. In this parasite biology lesson, students use printed cell images to model the way that Plasmodium changes surface protein markers every few generations to avoid host immune response. They are able to explain antigenic variation is useful to the parasite.
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. After discussion of these concepts, learners work in groups to research an individual seamount community member. They prepare reports to share with the rest of the class.
Young scholars explore insect life by researching the life cycle of a plant. In this botany lesson, students identify the traditional insect anatomy and discuss an insect's importance when pollinating plants. Young scholars identify pictures of insects and identify them outside of the classroom with magnifying glasses.