Why did thousands of American soldiers die in the Spanish-American conflict and how did their deaths lead to medical advancement? In this historical investigation, students will discover just how deadly the mosquito is today and in the past during the conflict on Cuba. While many mosquito-borne illnesses plague people around the world right now, over a hundred years ago our troops were being ravaged by Yellow Fever. Unaware that the mosquito was the carrier of this deadly disease, medical tests during the war ultimately led to better medical outcomes in regards to contracting Yellow Fever.
During this investigation students will:
1) Begin with a Bell Ringer that asks students to predict what is currently the deadliest animal in the world.
2) Read a brief article regarding just how deadly the mosquito is and/or watch a video clip about the deadliness of the mosquito.
3) Listen to an audio recording about the lingering problem of malaria around the world.
4) Analyze a historical article about some of the unique aspects of Yellow Fever during the Spanish-American War.
5) Discover how medial professionals stationed in Cuba during the conflict risked their own lives to find the cause/cure of Yellow Fever.
6) Conclude with an exit ticket that has students demonstrate their understanding of the lesson.
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