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Author

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Grades

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Worksheets
  • Presentation Slides
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Games
  • Assessments
  • Articles and Websites
  • Videos

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides, YouTube Video

Ticks, Disease, and Climate Module

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Synopsis
  • In this four-lesson module, students will learn about the increasing tick-borne diseases in the Northeast due to climate change.
  • Students will read about ticks, play a memory game to distinguish types of ticks, play an interactive game modeling the life cycle of a tick, analyze maps to determine the relationship between tick range, Lyme disease, temperature, and precipitation, and create an action plan to protect the community from tick-borne disease.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Students will love the engaging games and many opportunities to collaborate with their peers.
  • The action plan gets students positively involved in their community.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The module has four lessons, but some may require more than one class period. Teachers may need to spend about 5-8 class periods on the module.
  • The module provides background information with sources, guiding questions/discussion topics, student pages, class slides, and assessment rubrics for each lesson.
  • There is some minimal prep teachers will need to do before each lesson, such as printing, cutting, setting up stations, etc.
  • Teachers need 10-15 six-sided dice for two of the lessons.
  • Students should be familiar with climate change and the specific local impacts in the Northeast region. If additional foundational instruction is needed, there is a link to two lessons that teachers can add to this module.

Differentiation

  • The action plan in the final lesson can act as a summative assessment for the module, and the guide includes a rubric for this.
  • There are multiple options for how teachers can implement the action plans in the community.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made with English language arts classes when students read nonfiction text on ticks and synthesize information from multiple sources.
  • Teachers can make cross-curricular connections with math classes in the data collection, analysis, and graphing portions.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute provides lesson plans that discuss the effects of climate change on the Northern New England ecosystems and how these changes have affected the tick populations, impacting the community health. This resource provides students with the ability to visualize and interpret data, along with brainstorming ways they can take action to help stop climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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    • Statistics & Probability (6-8)
      • 6.SP.B.4 Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.
      • 6.SP.B.5 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
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