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Presenting Ecology through Rodent Control
Overview Procedures for Teachers Organizers for Students


Students will use problem-based learning to find solutions to the following problem:

Due to mild winters in the last few years, the rat and mouse population has grown in your area. Mice can carry Lyme disease ticks and rat droppings can contain dangerous viruses, such as Hantavirus. Your role as a member of a Health Department taskforce is to formulate recommendations for rodent control and present those recommendations via email to local officials.

Grade Level: 6-12

Time Allotment: 9-11 periods

Subject Matter: Ecology, Health, Biology, Government, Civics

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Work collaboratively
  • Use e-mail to contact government officials
  • Develop an understanding of animal population control and use technology to research and devise a realistic plan
Standards:

Science:
From the National Science Education Standards (5-8), (http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/6d.html) National Research Council, 1996
  • Standard C. As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of populations and ecosystems
  • Standard F. As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of personal health and natural hazards
From the National Science Education Standards (9-12), (http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/6e.html) National Research Council, 1996
  • Standard C. As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of interdependence of organisms
  • Standard F. As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of personal and community health and natural and human-induced hazards
English Language Arts:
From the New York City English Language Arts Middle and High School Performance Standards (http://www.nycenet.edu/dis/standards/ELA/hs/157overview.html)
  • Standard E1c. Reading: Read and comprehend informational materials
  • Standard E2a. Writing: The student produces a report of information
  • Standard E3c. Speaking: Prepare and deliver an individual presentation
Technology :
From the National Educational Technology Standards (http://www.iste.org) for Students
  • Standard 6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools: Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
This lesson was prepared by Tom Trocco