The spread of Lyme disease


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 a wonderful map that you can use to show where Lyme was in 2001, 2002, etcetera through 2013.  For the math part you can study the rate of growth numerically and graphically.  So this math activity might encourage you to be careful and stay healthy.


Clicking on this image will take you to a larger map in a new window.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has published yearly maps that let you visually see the growth of lyme disease.  Take a moment and click through the 2001 to 2013 maps.   CDC Lyme map

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.

Lyme2015.docx        Incidence-Lyme2015.xlsx        Lyme2015-solution.pdf

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

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