With all the figuring out we did regarding our sick dog Susie and the awful disease that affected her (heartworm), it was time to answer all the questions we set out to figure out!
I am so proud of you sixth grade! Keep up the great work! I am going to miss you for SURE!
All this figuring out started with a cute little dog that seemed sick, and now it's escalated to a whole lot we now understand about a deadly disease and the mosquito that transmits it. It's now time for us to take action!
Thinking about our "cups" unit, we're figuring out how the temperature on the Earth has risen steadily, along with a surge in rainfall and intense storms.
With all this information, we're trying to see how friends that may see the solution as only one-sided, really need to think about a bigger picture! Check out the videos we watched, along with the argument from three friends and dog owners!
Understanding that the conditions for mosquitoes to survive are only getting better, it made more sense to figure out more about the mosquito, and heartworm disease itself! With some resources provided by students, we are putting more and more pieces together!
We even watched this video to confirm our understanding of how heartworm spreads.
Our next steps: Figuring out how we can help stop the spread, regardless of whether we have a dog or not!
With more data at our finger tips, we decided to dig deeper into them to help us better understand what is going on with heartworm transmission. Using data from a wide variety of reputable sources, we began seeing more patterns emerge, that help to explain a rise in heartworm rates across the United States:
We've seen steady increases in temperature, preciptiation rates, and population density across the country. With more natural disasters, like hurricanes on the rise, we're also seeing dogs being displaced more often, too.
So if the temperatures are increasing, there's more precipitation, and more people are living in areas where there used to not be as many people (and people are the ones who have dogs as pets), then it seems likely that all these factors are playing a role in heartworm spreading!
This sick dog unit will culminate the end of the year. Please know that due to the sensitivity with COVID-19 at this time, we launched our unit with a discussion regarding the importance of scientific process when it comes to understanding illness transmission, treatment, and prevention. Stay well, everyone.