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Students explore and explain the role of vaccines in infectious disease, They emphasize immunological principles and viral/bacterial infection processes. Students explore the three main vaccine types: DNA vaccines ("gene gun"), Recombinant vaccines, and live vector vaccines (AIDS, employs viruses).
Tenth graders explore the different health risks associated with human papillomavirus. In this health science activity, 10th graders identify different ways to prevent viral and bacterial infection. They research and develop an awareness workshop for their friends and families.
Students work with whole plant material and are not required to measure small quantities, yet they can see evidence of transformed plant cells (plant cells that have genes from bacterial plasmids). This is a laboratory suitable for students who are familiar with the basic principles of plant cell structure, tissue culture, sterile technique, and cell transformation (bacterial infection, plasmid vectors, marker genes, selection medium, and enzyme activity assays).
Using a hypothetical discussion between two coworkers broken up into four parts, budding biologists examine the flu shot and some of the typical arguments for and against it. The conversational nature of the reading makes it engaging and easy to read; the analysis questions following each section allow learners a chance to think about what they've read, discuss it with others, and make connections between the passage and the real world. The lesson could be taught in either a whole-class or small group setting.
There is an important distinction between the bacteria that most students recognize as having a negative impact, and those that live in a symbiotic relationship with us. Sal looks at the mechanisms by which bacteria accumulate variation and also how they impact our lifestyle and behavior. Real-world and sometimes humorous examples add interest to this presentation.
The 2005 version of the Regents High School Examination in the area of ecology is as comprehensive as previous years' exams. It consists of 40 multiple choice questions on everything from the structure of DNA to the interactions within an ecosystem. Questions following include analysis of population graphs, interpreting data, drawing a graph, and short essay responses. The same range of topics is covered.
A fantastic lesson on urban air pollution problems throughout the world is here for you. Learners understand that there are many factors involved in creating pollution, that there are many health effects brought on by air pollution, and that fixing the problem is not an easy task. This amazing lesson has maps, photographs, worksheets, and all sorts of terrific educational tasks for groups to perform. Top-notch!
Mostly discussion, this lesson explores the importance and methods of hand washing. A few true stories of community illnesses spread by the neglect of washing hands serve as an anticipatory set. The activity is most memorable if you are willing to purchase the Glo Germ™ oil and use a UV light, but the observation of cinammon and oil on the hands before and after washing is quite visual as well. This important lesson would be poignant and effective with upper elementary schoolers.
A stellar microbiology lesson plan in which high schoolers become epidemiologists and test simulated stool samples (molasses and water) for a disease-causing pathogen. They use findings to determine if an epidemic was caused by drinking affected water. There is much more to this biology lesson plan than can be described here, including plenty of teacher support. Most of the links are no longer active, but similar websites could be easily located.
Students examine how antibiotics work and why they are effective. In this antibiotic lesson, students discover that when harmful germs get inside the body, the immune system may not be strong enough to fight the germs off. Students play a game helping them understand how antibiotics help the immune system fight off germs.
The different methods of attack that the human body uses against invaders on a cellular level are summarized here. There are detailed diagrams regarding the specializations of the immune cells, and the chemical or physical response that they evoke. There are some sentences left incomplete that can be filled in during the lecture.
The evidence for natural selection is presented as a random variation of a characteristic allowing a particular strain of organism to survive with a higher probability of successful reproduction. Population change over a short period of time is detailed and examples of antibiotic or vaccine resistance are given. Students will find this information accessible and it would be a good complement to a teacher-led lesson.
Students explore fish anatomy. For this fish anatomy and adaptation lesson, students define and identify the location of fish body parts. Students add these parts of a fish's anatomy to a life-sized fish costume worn by a student. Instructions for making a fish costume and a detailed teacher script is provided.