Birds, Mosquitoes, and Viruses

Type of Resource



In this activity, students distinguish between directly and indirectly transmitted diseases and participate in a group game to simulate the spread of vector-borne diseases. They then research a particular pathogenic disease to learn how global warming and biodiversity loss can affect disease transmission.

Performance Expectations

MS-LS2-2   Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-LS2-4   Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

Disciplinary Core Ideas