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August 14, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Monica - Trekker Down! Trekker Down!

Kid's version available

Monica caught a virus on her way to Accra. Includes information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ebola and Lassa viruses.

The Center for Disease Control in the United States (at www.cdc.gov) has a list of travel tips for international travel. Have your students create a list of their top five recommendations for people visiting one of the countries covered in this update.

(Or you could have them write a letter of sympathy to Monica! Her e-mail is in the Trek Connect section.)

Team - How About Going Through Zaire?

A description of current problems facing Zaire. Travel there can be a bit trying. It's no wonder we chose to fly instead. There is also some general history of the country.

The dispatches in this update reflect a lot of the difficulties being faced by several African countries, as part of the Team's explanation of why they flew from Zimbabwe to Ghana, instead of traveling by land. So put the burden on students to report back to you on what some of the draws are in these countries and what the Team might have been able to do if they could have gone to these countries.

Team - Greed Kills

A history of the tragic civil war in Angola and results. Current events - as of August 1999. Potential wealth fuels the fight for power.

Check out the suggestion for the Zaire update.

Team - Ebola, A Rare and Deadly Disease

Kid's version available

Ebola, a rare and deadly disease has roots in Africa. Learn more about this deadly virus.

Use the Center for Disease Control web site www.cdc.gov/ to research the other deadly virus that Monica mentions in her dispatch, Lassa. What are the similarities and differences compared with Ebola.

Tracking Gorillas for Science in Uganda

When tourist season is down in Uganda, gorilla poaching goes up. However, several projects and studies are emerging in Uganda aimed at establishing animal intelligence and promoting conservation. It refers explicitly to the Koko Project, which has trained the gorilla Koko to use over 1000 sign language signs to communicate.

This dispatch really opens the door to exploring what relationship students believe people should have with animals. Students will probably side against the slaughter and trade of gorillas. Where do students draw the line? To what degree do they see it as acceptable to use animals for people's ends? In a recent public TV documentary, Doctor Penny Patterson, Koko's primary trainer, indicated that because gorillas are so humanlike, we tend to sympathize with them. Why is "humanness" something people tend to use to judge animals? Should it be?

Make sure your students click through to www.koko.org to see Koko's artwork and videos of Koko.

 
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