"The World's Deadliest Animal" puts a new (or not so new) spin on mosquitoes and the devastation they can cause via vector diseases. The primary focus is on malaria.
This resource briefly explores the life cycles and anatomy of mosquitoes, and how it possible for them to carry disease. It includes the number of deaths mosquitoes can transmit, and the various diseases they are capable of transmitting.
There are 2 versions of this sub plan: one with a graph and one without a graph. This particular graph includes breaks due to the high numbers. You may choose to omit the graph if you feel that your students have not been introduced to graph breaks. 15 analysis questions are included.
Here is a snippet from Sub Plan M:
"When a mosquito bites, it leaves some of its saliva behind. This is what causes the classic mosquito bite: itching, swelling, reddening of the skin. The red bump left behind is actually from increased blood flow, and not because the mosquito was sucking blood from that spot, rather from an immune response in your body. The mosquito saliva leftover in your blood is labeled as “foreign” by your immune system, which triggers a response, increasing blood flow (swelling), and releasing histamines (itching). Eventually, as the immune system breaks down the saliva, the bump disappears."
This sub plan is a useful tool to help encourage scientific literacy in reading, graphing, and making connections to the scientific world.
Feel good knowing that your students will be well taken care of on those days that you are out- don't scramble for another sub plan! You can use this year after year!
Recommended for grades 8+
Graphing version= 5 pages; non-graphing= 3 pages
Answer key included (as always)
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