If asked to name the most dangerous animal you can think of, you'd
might name the lion, tiger, bear, or perhaps the great white shark.
Most of us tend to think large and ferocious. Seldom would it occur
to us to consider the honey bee, the flea, or even the mosquito.
Yet if you happen to be allergic to bees and get stung, are bitten
by a Yersinia Pestis carrying flea, or if you live in a region where
the anopheles mosquito breeds, then an encounter with these animals
can result in death.
This field trip leads us on a trip to web sites of fierce creatures,
some that we'd naturally think of and some that might never occur
to us. Some of the stops will prompt us to consider biology as in
how a parasite travels through our bloodstream. Many stops will
take us to parts of the world that introduce a new geography. We
will see how climate plays a role in providing a welcoming habitat.
- Students will learn about animals that cause harm to humans,
and how and why this happens. They will also see that in most
cases, animals are not intentionally agressive towards humans
by nature, but that the animal was in some way provoked or threatened.
- Students will learn about the animal's defense systems and the
purpose it serves the animal.
- Students will be taken to web sites all over the world, learning
about the geography of a given animal, and in some cases, how
people deal with the presence of a given animal.
- Where in the world do you find lions, tigers and bears?
- How does malaria infect a human?
- What conditions attract mosquito populations?
- Do rats cause the plague?
- What did the Indians of tropical America use to poison their
- Which is the only poison octopus?
- What happens when people cut the Crown of Thorns starfish into