Communicable Diseases Teacher Resources

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Students discover the different sources of pathogens that cause diseases. In this health science lesson, students explore different ways to treat infections. They create a persuasive pamphlet on their position on vaccination.
Students examine chromosomes. In this chromosome lesson, students research chromosomes and chromosome mutations. Students discover diseases caused by chromosome mutation and analyze symptoms to determine the chromosome mutation.
In the second of five lessons about HIV, discover the mechanisms that allow the HIV virus to replicate. Using the models that they created the day before, learners examine the parts of the virus particle. The lesson plan does not say what pupils should do with the information, so you may ask them to take notes, explain it to a neighbor, or make a drawing in their science notebooks. 
Young scholars examine the impact of Guinea Worm Disease. In this world issues lesson, students take on the roles of Peace Corps Volunteers. Young scholars will apply their knowledge of the Guinea worm life cycle to create a plan for eradicating the disease. They create public service announcements (PSAs) for radio broadcast to communicate their plans.
Students explore how the study of diseases, epidemics and disease management promotes our understanding of human culture and history. They also examine the roles of agriculture, trade and living in cities in promoting the spread of disease during the 14th century and today .
Students explore the issue of sexually transmitted diseases and discover that someone may have an STD with no symptoms. In this sexually transmitted diseases lesson, students complete a worksheet as a large group. Students discuss how someone can get an STD and how this relates to their lives.This lesson involves role-playing and a discussion.
Students participate in a webquest regarding Guinea worm disease. In this Guinea worm disease activity, students gather background information regarding the waterborne illness in Ghana. Students use the information they gather to make PSAs pertaining to their plans to eradicate the disease.
Investigate Alzheimer's disease. Conduct research using a variety of resources, obtain information, and input the data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Identify trends in the data and categorize them for an audience.
Students observe human heath by completing a worksheet in class. In this STD lesson, students identify the different types of diseases which are spread through sexual intercourse and what symptoms will become noticeable. Students identify contraception methods which heavily reduce the risk of contracting an STD.
Students participate in a class discussion which includes categorizing sexually transmitted diseases into various groups such as "always have symptoms/often don't have symptoms" and "curable vs. not curable" to reinforce the idea of abstinence as the safe
Pupils explore how the study of diseases, epidemics and disease management offers opportunities for exploration of biological evolution, immune systems, interaction between humans and their environment, and interaction among organisms. They become familiar with public health professionals who work toward protecting the health of the community.
Students read the passages and complete activities to learn ways the Thai government is trying to combat and halt infectious diseases. In this infectious disease lesson, students read information about action taken by the Thai government to provide affordable medicine, think about what is needed for good health, and sort sequenced statements about HIV and AIDs.
Second graders become informed advocates in the prevention of childhood diseases. This takes place during the Preventing Childhood Diseases Project.
Ninth graders analyze lifestyle factors that affect health and demonstrate an awareness of key lifestyle practices associated with prevention of disease.
Third graders create a multimedia presentation on the effectiveness of technology as a communication tool during disasters. In this natural and technological disasters lesson plan, 3rd graders research how technology is used during natural or technological disasters. After conducting research, students create a multimedia presentation about the effectiveness of technology during a disaster.
Pupils explore how disease and epidemics have the potential to shape communities. They examine their impact on culture and specifically the literature of the time. Students investigate how trade routes accelerated the movement of goods, people, ideas, culture and disease.
Students create and perform short skits, based on teacher provided scenarios, dealing with sexually transmitted diseases in order to reinforce the fact that STD's may be present but may not be symptomatic and how to communicate with parents and health car
Seventh graders use the Internet to gather information about a disease. They also discuss in groups how diseases are a worldwide problem and brainstorm ideas they can help. They create an informational packet on the disease they researched.
Students research three viral diseases of humans, plants, or animals and report their findings to the class through a presentation using a visual aid.
Students identify the factors that could influence disease development in space and the possible sources of microbe contamination. In groups, they compare and contrast the effect of pathogens on plants grown in a hydroponic system verses soil. They record the symptoms by comparing inoculated plants to healthy plants.