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Tenth graders explore the different health risks associated with human papillomavirus. For 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 learning exercise, 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).
High school biologists produce written answers to twenty-five questions about human immunity. This worksheet was designed as a reading guide for a specific textbook; however, you can use it for any general biology textbook or as a unit review. The material covered is comprehensive and typical for this topic.
Five questions about the work of biochemist, Oswald Avery, are presented on this worksheet. You will need to find a reading passage, perhaps on the Internet, about his discovery, but it would be a worthwhile search. The assignment brings up thought-provoking questions, not only on the development of our understanding of DNA, but also the history and conventions of science.
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.
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 instructional activity like this gives children an opportunity to role-play and practice critical thinking skills. 
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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.
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. 
Students explore a recent salmonella outbreak in young students linked to pet rodents. They create pamphlets to help assist and inform pet owners about the disease and necessary health precautions.

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