Tracking a Potato Killer: using Longitude and Latitude to Map the Spread of P. Infestans

This Tracking a Potato Killer: using Longitude and Latitude to Map the Spread of P. Infestans activity & project also includes:

Where did the potato famine in the United States in the 1840s begin? After reading about the potato disease, young scientists will hypothesize about the type of disease and its origin. Then, using newspaper articles and other data, learners use latitude and longitude to map the instances of the disease, then analyze the data to try to trace its origin. 

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Literacy in science 
  • Real-world data
  • Quick and easy to follow along
Cons

  • Text-heavy handout may be a struggle for ELL or low readers
  • May require a lesson on longitude and latitude if the learners have not covered that topic before
Common Core