Student Projects

EcoHealth offers students a {definitionbot=disable}wealth of information for papers and projects. Here are just a few examples of how pupils might use the site (especially during independent activity times or in pursuit of extra credit) to think critically, hone their research and writing skills, and deepen their understanding of key scientific topics.

Ecosystems: Form small groups of students and assign each group a different ecosystem, such as forests or coral reefs . Direct each group to use EcoHealth as a tool for reporting on how global environmental changes have affected that ecosystem.

Logical Reasoning: Have student pairs debate environmental issues using data from EcoHealth to buttress their arguments. Sample debate topics include:

  • All farming should be organic.
  • Clean water is a key part of fighting disease.
  • Everyone should stop eating fish.
  • Genetic engineering is our best tool for feeding everyone on Earth.
  • Global warming is just part of a natural cycle.
  • Grocery prices don't reflect the true cost of food.
  • Malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases can't be stopped.
  • Ordinary people can't really do anything to stop the destruction of our environment.
  • People worry too much about the environment.
  • The U.S. government should raise gasoline taxes to encourage conservation.
  • Globalization encourages the spread of diseases.

Observation: Have students look out the classroom windows and identify five or more things that affect human health.

Science News: Invite students to picture themselves as newspaper editors. Have them find news articles on EcoHealth topics and then use the site to learn more about the subject. Ask each student to critique an article. Discussion might include whether the author's facts seem reliable and key points that are not covered in the story. Have students draft “editing notes” that offer suggestions for revision.

Vocabulary: Have students create crossword puzzles or stories using entries from the EcoHealth glossary.

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