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The Ecology of Lyme Disease

Tick anatomy diagramThis analysis and discussion activity engages students in understanding the lifecycle and adaptations of black-legged ticks and the relationships between these ticks, their vertebrate hosts, and the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

Students use this background to analyze when and where human risk of Lyme disease is greatest, why rates of Lyme disease have increased in recent decades in the US, and ecological approaches to preventing Lyme disease.

The Student Handout is available in the first two attached files and as a Google doc designed for use in online instruction and distance learning. The Teacher Notes, available in the third attached file, provide instructional suggestions and background information and explain how this activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

ecology Lyme SHO.docx2.07 MB
ecology Lyme SHO.pdf911.13 KB
ecology Lyme TN.docx608.52 KB


Mary Wenig's picture


love these, thank you so much for your hard work.

Chris's picture


A simple thanks to you for allowing this information to be accessible online. There's confusion the world over about Lymedisease and its vectors. Have added it to all my social media. Thanks again :)

iwaldron's picture


Thanks for your appreciation and for sharing the activity with others.

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