Communicable Diseases Teacher Resources

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Students discuss communicable and non-communicable diseases, and how germs travel from person to person through the air, on objects, in body fluids, and on animals and insects. They take a short quiz.
Here is a different approach: emerging epidemiologists first go home to interview family on the topic of infectious disease. Then they come to class and view a video and PowerPoint that explore how climate change may increase the occurrence of infectious disease. Following a class discussion, you will divide learners into groups and assign each a role to play in a debate. This poignant lesson will increase awareness of how complex infectious disease and climate change can be. It can be used in  a health class, biology, environmental science, or even a social studies class!
Pages and pages of information on sexually transmissible diseases (STD). Vocabulary, worksheets, reference sheets, questions for discussion, and more. Transmission and reducing the risk of transmission of a STD. Signs, symptoms, and treatment of STDs. These are some of the things included in this lesson. Definitely worth exploring.
Students consider the role of climate change in the occurrence of vector born diseases such as malaria. In small groups, they research a specific vector to complete an information chart on climate changes in the region where the vector exists, the impact of the change on its habitat and the potential impact on disease transmission.
Students explore amyloid proteins through a series of experiments. In this biology lesson, students explain the causes of Alzheimer's disease. They identify common symptoms related to this condition.
How does one have a discussion with a partner about a sexually transmitted disease? This is probably not a conversation that happens to be in everyone's repertoire. This lesson presents some role-playing scenarios that your class can participate in, as well as have the opportunity to create their own. It will probably feel a bit awkward, but it's good practice to hear and have these kinds of conversations.
Learners 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.
Learners examine chromosomes. In this chromosome instructional activity, students research chromosomes and chromosome mutations. Learners discover diseases caused by chromosome mutation and analyze symptoms to determine the chromosome mutation.
Students study the basic disease concept of alcoholism. The determine that alcoholism is progressive and explore the levels of progression. They name the three factors contributing to the cause of alcoholism and explain each one with examples.
Students investigate the aging brain and its relationship to the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease. They need to have prior knowledge of brain and nervous system anatomy in order to participate in this instructional activity. Students compare an aging brain and one that is younger.
Students examine the impact of Guinea Worm Disease. In this world issues lesson, students take on the roles of Peace Corps Volunteers. Students 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.
High schoolers 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 .
Sixth graders create a type of notebook or journal using colored copy paper on which to take notes. They complete research on a certain disease and report on it and then design their own disease causing bacteria or virus. Finally, 6th graders identify how a healthy looking, symptom-free person who is carrying the HIV virus can infect others.
Students participate in a webquest regarding Guinea worm disease. In this Guinea worm disease lesson, 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.
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.
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.
Learners examine nutritionally related diseases and illnesses, evaluating studies and developing topics for a science fair project. They investigate bacteria, researching how it can be harmful or helpful, and create illustrated displays.
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
High schoolers 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.