Author:
Owl Nest Manager
Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School, High School
Tags:
  • Animal Science
  • Disease
  • NE Ag
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Small Animal
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    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    Small Animals: Disease Profiles and Safety Measures

    Small Animals:  Disease Profiles and Safety Measures

    Overview

    This lesson introduces principles of small animal health care with research to identify and describe common diseases or parasites, symptoms and causes, treatment, and prevention.

    Small Animal Disease and Safety Profiles

    *These activities can be separated into two to three 45-minute class periods:  one or more for the disease profiles, and one or partial for the safety profiles.

     

    Small Animal Disease Profiles

    Materials:  Sticky notes, visible countdown timer

    Bell Work:  Who would like to share something that we have previously learned about small animal management?

    Disease Activity:  Today we will research various diseases that can affect small animals and write a one-page summary of the symptoms and causes of the ailment, treatment, and prevention. (Show an example of a disease/parasite profile.)

    Take a look at the board/projector/SmartBoard showing a list of small animals and diseases/parasites that can affect them. When I say “write”, take 2 minutes to write these items on each of the two sticky notes at your desks:  your name, and a number one for your first preference of disease/animal topic for research; and your name and a number two for your second preference of topic for research.  What can I clarify? “Write”

    Now that your sticky notes are labeled with your name and the numbers one and two, when I say “goal”, take 5 minutes to stand up and take turns placing your preference stickies next to the diseases you would prefer to research.  The goal is to not have any duplicate disease profile sheets, that each student will research and profile a different disease. What questions do you have? “Goal”

     

    Small Animal Safety Profiles

    Materials:  Sticky notes, visible countdown timer

    Bell Work:  Who would like to share something that we have previously learned about diseases that can affect small animals?

    Hook:  When I say “sketch”, take 2 minutes to draw as many images as you can that relate to laboratory safety when working with small animals on your sticky note. Be prepared to share something you drew. What can I clarify? “Sketch”

    Safety Profile activity:  Today we will explore a number of safety guidelines to follow in Small Animal when working in the lab.  You will create a one-page profile of an important safety measure to consider.  (Show an example of a safety guideline profile.)

    Take a look at this document by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the US federal government for ideas.

    Overview:  This lesson introduces principles of small animal health care with research to identify and describe common diseases or parasites, symptoms and causes, treatment, and prevention.

     

    Standards:

    AFNR.HS.28.5.a Identify and describe common illnesses and disorders of small animals based on symptoms and problems caused by wounds, diseases, parasites, and physiological disorders.

    AFNR.HS.28.5.b  Describe and demonstrate the proper use and function of specific tools and technology related to small animal health management.

     

    Learning Goal:  Students will identify various small animals and diseases that can affect them, common treatments and prevention, and proper safety measures when working with small animals.

     

    Essential Question:  What are diseases that infect small animals? What are safety measures when working with small animals?

     

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