Activity - Itchy, Itchy, Itchy Head Lice (Not Nice!)

Skills: Simulation, reasoning, predicting, critical thinking.
Activity - Itchy, Itchy, Itchy Head Lice (Not Nice!) - Articles



When insects or other arthropods start chewing on us, our pets or livestock, or when they start causing the spread of disease, this is cause for extra attention! In fact, diseases spread by vectors, have changed the course of history many, many times. Issues of insect transmitted disease are very much pertinent today - to name a few, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, malaria and many others are emerging and re-emerging today. The topic of disease vectors (which include vertebrates such as rats as well as arthropods) and humans is treated in the attached handout. Ticks, mosquitoes, lice, and other unsavory characters can be the source of many activities for students. In addition to these materials and activities, students can find articles in their local newspaper at least weekly about some health dilemma involving science, government policy, and public heath issues. These are our lives and times and IPM is right in the middle of it!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the effects of pests (insects, diseases, weeds) on human history
  2. Learn about the current pest issues affecting human health
  3. Understand the IPM options for the pests involved
  4. Learn about protective measures that can be taken to stay healthy

Materials Needed:

"Teachers Get Bugged" insert from BugBits, Winter 1998, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State

Timeline: One class period.