Parasites and You
Twelfth graders investigate parasites and how parasite-borne diseases are spread. They conduct Internet research, answer handout questions, and identify methods that could reduce parasitic diseases in various countries.
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Attack of the Zombie Parasites!
There is a law in Haiti that makes it a crime to turn someone into a zombie. But is such a thing even possible? Scholars see examples of zombie-like organisms found here on Earth with a video that explores numerous examples, from the...
7 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
How Brain Parasites Change Their Host's Behavior
Mind control might seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but after watching this short video you and your students will have a new, potentially terrifying understanding of parasites. Follow along as this resource explores...
5 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
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,...
7 mins 9th - 12th Science
What Happened to the American Chestnut?
I'm a sap for tree jokes. Scholars begin by gaining understanding that exotic doesn't mean strange but rather non-native in ecology. Then they research the American Chestnut tree and answer questions about the blight from which it has...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Where Do Genes Come From?
No, you didn't get your genes from the local clothing store. Learn where they really come from by watching this video as it explores how the genes found in all plants and animals today have arisen over billions of years of mutations from...
4 mins 7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable