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Teaching Social distancing works – just ask monkeys, ants, and vampire bats

Social distancing works – just ask monkeys, ants, and vampire bats

We are practicing social distancing right now because officials have told us to do so, but why do animals do it? We have found that social distancing puts those animals at an advantage. Animals that are good at keeping their distance during an outbreak improve their chances of staying healthy. If they stay healthy, they go on to produce offspring, which helps the species continue to survive.

Dana Hawley, Professor of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, and Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

What can we learn from the animal kingdom about keeping safe during pandemics?
STANDARDS:
RI.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.4 - Key Terms & Tone

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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