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Fungal Infections and Climate Change

This guide, based on the Science News article “Climate change may raise the risk of deadly fungal infections in humans. One species is already a threat,” asks students to use the claims, evidence, reasoning model to evaluate a scientific viewpoint and then simulate and analyze the spread of an infection.

Dissect a scientific argument

These discussion prompts ask students to evaluate a scientific argument using the claim, evidence, reasoning model.

Fungal threats on the rise?

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “Climate change may raise the risk of deadly fungal infections in humans. One species is already a threat.”
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Down on the (Cricket) Farm

This guide encourages students to assess their own views on insect eating, to explore the nutritional value of insects and to consider the challenges of insect farming.

Exploring insect farming

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Down on the (cricket) farm."
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Ban on Gene-edited Babies Proposed

This guide explores basic topics related to gene editing and other applications of genetic engineering.

Explore genetic engineering’s legacy

These discussion prompts explore how genetic engineering has been used in medicine, agriculture and basic research.

Pressing pause on gene editing

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Ban on gene-edited babies proposed."
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Hermit Crabs Are Drawn to the Dead

This guide asks students to connect ecological concepts to the real world and examine how science gets translated from research study to news article.

Getting source savvy

Students will explore similarities and differences in how scientific research is reported in a journalistic article versus a primary research paper.

Move into a hermit crab’s shell

These discussion prompts connect concepts including energy, competition, adaptation, speciation, natural selection and chemical and physical changes to a real-world example.

Surveying the hermit crab housing market

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Hermit crabs are drawn to the dead."