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Tenth graders explore the different health risks associated with human papillomavirus. In this health science lesson, 10th graders identify different ways to prevent viral and bacterial infection. They research and develop an awareness workshop for their friends and families.
Students investigate the difference between viral and bacterial illnesses. In this health lesson, students learn the symptoms of each and  examine ways to prevent spreading virusus and bacteria.
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).
In this common cold worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about the common cold. Students complete 10 activities total.
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).
Assess your pupils' ability to identify healthy food choices in the final lesson of this series on food science. Given five different food labels, young nutritionists will rank them from most to least healthy, supporting their choices with a short explanatory paragraph. The assessment also asks for the identification of food groups, which is challenging since the food labels do not list ingredients, only nutrition facts. Consider cutting out and copying food labels with ingredient lists to help learners reach the learning objectives of the assessment.
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.
Small groups of life science learners look at Allison's symptoms and discuss a diagnosis. They use a chart of illnesses and draw symptom clues from an envelope to determine what illness she has. A lesson like this gives children an opportunity to role-play and practice critical thinking skills. 
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!
Young scholars examine how antibiotics work and why they are effective. In this antibiotic activity, students discover that when harmful germs get inside the body, the immune system may not be strong enough to fight the germs off.  Young scholars play a game helping them understand how antibiotics help the immune system fight off germs.
Mini microbiologists play a card game in which they group microorganisms by groups: virus, fungus, protist, or bacteria. Then they identify the roles different microbes play in the natural world and explore how humans effectively use certain microorganisms in food production and industry. This lesson is part of a unit on microbes, and is a fun addition to any middle school microbiology curriculum.
Mostly discussion, this instructional activity 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 instructional activity would be poignant and effective with upper elementary schoolers.
A stellar microbiology lesson 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 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 proposals to combat AIDS, VRSA, and measles and recommend one that they could support. They investigate how people can have very different feelings about such proposals.
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.
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.
Fifth graders inspect the basic functions of the immune system and determine how viruses and bacteria invade the immune system. They also explore what happens to the immune system in outer space.
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 examine antibiotic overuse and the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Students discover the harm and benefits of microbes. In this biology lesson, students explore water, nitrogen and carbon cycles. They investigate the factors affecting bacteria growth.

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