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Parasitology home school resources

Updated: Apr 18, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 (AKA COVID19) is resulting in many K-12 schools closing for the remainder of the academic year. We share the resources below to facilitate home schooling by parents, and include resources for lessons on parasites.

If you know of additional home school resources related to parasites, please email Kelly Weinersmith at KLW5 at This list will be updated if more resources are brought to our attention.

Activities from the Parasite Ecology blog

At home lab activity:

Robot Contact Rate Activity for K-12 Students to do at Home

High school student-friendly blog posts about parasite ecology:

Moose ticks and climate change

Zombie amphipods

Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease

From Remember the Wild

The Fairy and the Goblin (a blog post about goblin fleas and their Fairy Possum hosts, with activity sheets)

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

Here is a list of parasite-related case study lesson plans. These case studies are meant for high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. The lessons are available for free, but note that the answer keys require a $25/year subscription.

Smithsonian's Science How

A great resource in general, and is optimized for grades 3-5. Includes an archived episode called "Living Together - Parasites and Hosts", which features ASP's Dr. Anna Phillips.

Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian This podcast includes episodes on parasites and pathogens, such as: The World’s Deadliest Animal Killer Viruses and One Man’s Mission to Stop Them

Smithsonian's Learning Lab

Smithsonian's Learning Lab has a Distance Learning section, with sections relevant for home schooling.

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