Tick time and Lyme disease


Clicking on this image of a white-footed mouse will show him larger in a new window.


Clicking on this image of an adult female deer tick will show it larger in a new window.

With the start of summer and wonderful outdoor activities, it might be good to examine the growth of Lyme disease occurrences in the United States.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published maps for all of the years between 2001 and 2015 illustrating the growth and spread of Lyme.

2017 is supposed to be a record year. In this activity students can study the rate of growth numerically and graphically.  Hopefully this math activity might encourage your students to be careful outdoors and to stay healthy.

Take a moment to click through the 2001 to 2015 CDC Lyme maps.

We tried to analyze the growth of Lyme for the whole United States but that didn’t seem to be consistant.  With Excel or graphing by hand, use our data from the CDC to find the growth of Lyme in your state and engage in hypothesizing why that growth or decline might be occurring.


For members we have a Word doc, an Excel chart, and solutions.

Tick-time-again.docx        Incidence-Lyme2017.xlsx        Tick-time-solution&extra-research.pdf

CCSS: 5.MD, 6.SP, 7.RP, 7.SP

from Yummy Math https://www.yummymath.com/2017/tick-time-and-lyme-disease/


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