Where Do Rats Move in After Disasters?

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Resource ID#: 155226 Primary Type: Text Resource

General Information

Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: rodent, pathogens, Hurricane Katrina, public policy, risk perception, natural disasters, models, math models, inference, rats, New Orleans, text complexity
Instructional Component Type(s): Text Resource
Resource Collection: STEM Reading Resources

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Lesson Plan

Rats on the Move:

This lesson plan uses an informational text intended to support reading in the content area. The article describes a research project undertaken by Tulane University students, who collected rodents from neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Katrina. The text describes how a mathematical model can be used to simulate how environmental changes affect the populations of rodents that carry pathogens harmful to human health. The lesson plan includes a note-taking guide, text-dependent questions, a writing prompt, answer keys, and a writing rubric.

Type: Lesson Plan