Dirt Mounds Made by Termites in Africa, South America, Asia Could Prevent Spread of Deserts

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Resource ID#: 162609 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: semi-arid, desertification, termites, ecosystem, scientific models, climate change, text complexity, informational text
Instructional Component Type(s): Text Resource
Resource Collection: STEM Reading Resources

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Lesson Plan

Termites to the Rescue!:

In this lesson, students will analyze an informational text from the National Science Foundation that discusses how termites in semi-arid ecosystems are preventing the process of desertification in these areas. The article also describes how and why scientific models are being used in this research. This lesson is designed to support reading in the content area. The lesson plan includes a note-taking guide, text-dependent questions, a writing prompt, answer keys, and a writing rubric.

Type: Lesson Plan