In this activity, students research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors for common vector-borne diseases (VBDs) and evaluate how climate change could affect the spread of disease.
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What other factors beside climate change may impact and perhaps be more important in addressing diseases?
CDC web resource is authoritative and a good starting point.
Educators may want to teach critical web surfing skills as students branch out from here. Be cautious about not assuming a particular outcome or view on organisms and climate change as this is a complex issue that is still evolving as the research progresses.
Create additional organizational tools for students as they research and listen to peer presentations, perhaps using the three perspectives suggested.
A jigsaw approach might be effective when regrouping the students.
Epstein article, while older, is still very relevant.
You may want to link the IPCC projections with the knowledge students have gained about their organisms to show how future populations of organisms may change with climate change.
Students investigate how climate change can affect diseases worldwide.
Educator needs to be aware that not all diseases will spread with a warming climate - detailed research into each disease is necessary.
Links to many websites are provided for students to find information.
Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
Includes extensive background information for teachers and students.
Graphic organizer for climate change provided.
Additional graphic organizers needed for student research to help students stay on task and record key information.
Many resources are provided for student research.
All materials are ready to use.
Extensive directions for teachers are included.