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Discuss how diseases have impacted human history. Divide your class into groups and assign each group one of the following: tuberculosis, malaria, plague, cholera, smallpox, and AIDS. They read up on, complete a concept map, and present to the rest of the class their assigned disease. Afterward, they create artwork and write a paragraph about it. This could be used in a life science class when studying microbiology as a way to demonstrate how it impacts society and as a way to incorporate history, writing, and art into your curriculum. 
Students use the European Union's struggle with Mad Cow Disease as a starting point to study the spread of infectious diseases across geographical boundaries.
Learners consider the social, political, environmental, economic, medical and other considerations for why particular countries experience outbreaks of certain infectious diseases.
Students watch a video to introduce the study of historical outbreaks of infectious diseases and epidemics. They create charts of diseases after reading an article and share their information as a class.
Emerging epidemiologists investigate infectious diseases. In this disease instructional activity, students gather information about various diseases. Students create their own pamphlet about the disease. Students use peer assessment to grade their work.
Students are introduced to the nervous system. In groups, they research the relationship between disease and injury and how it affects the nervous system. To end the lesson, they present their findings to the class and create a poster.
Ninth graders examine rates, matrices, histograms, line graphs, data analysis and data presentation in order to develop an understanding of how these concepts apply to a the effects of a specific disease.
Students study heart disease and how to prevent it.  In this investigative lesson students list heart disease and stroke risk factors. 
Middle school life science or health classes listen to an audio, visit websites, read different articles, and participate in a class-wide simulation about the spread of viruses. The lesson doesn't get into the mechanics of how viruses replicate, but rather focuses on the spread of infectious disease, why it is different to control, and how the illnesses can be prevented. It is a nice way to integrate technology with a lab activity.
Students describe the techniques that are used to help identify genes involved in disease.  In this biotechnology lesson students view videos on genetics and discuss the ways to treat and prevent diseases. 
Students consider how to reduce poverty and fight disease around the world. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students participate in activities regarding global poverty, fighting disease, and connections between poverty and disease.
Students study disease and explore  how it can be avoided or treated with simple solutions.  In this investigative lesson students create a food chart for two weeks for themselves to track and be sure they are getting all the nutrients they need. 
Ninth graders examine the causes and effects of Heart Disease. In this ESL Current Events lesson, 9th graders read an article on Heart Disease. Students complete guided questions on the reading.
Pupils focus on the spatial diffusion of the influenza (flu) pandemic of 1918-19. Spatial diffusion is the geographic spread of ideas, innovations, or phenomena (such as disease).
Students simulate breathing for a smoker and someone with a chronic lung disease. In this health science lesson, students examine the short and long term effects of smoking. They write a persuasive argument against it.
In an interdisciplinary exploration, trace the development of West Nile fever and Lyme diseases. Pupils discover how these diseases are contracted. They collect statistical data and analyze trends.
Students investigate genetic disorders and infectious diseases. They research genetic disorders and infectious diseases to complete graphic organizers, creative posters and a research paper.
High schoolers demonstrate how quickly disease spreads and the importance of protective measures with communicable diseases. They examine past epidemics such as the Bubonic Plague and make predictions about future epidemics.They compare and contrast medieval medical expertise with that of modern medicine.
Students participate in a simulation of how diseases are transmitted. Each student holds a test tube, with only one containing the "disease" while the others have water. They move around the room until told to stop. Using droppers to place some of their solution into their neighbor's tube, they are spreading the disease. Finally, they try to determine the original source of the infection.
Seventh graders discover facts about the human body. In this diseases instructional activity, 7th graders understand different kinds of diseases, how disease spreads, how diseases have changed and preventative medicines. Students debate different views on how diease spread and write paragraphs about the colonization of the Americas and its effect on diseases.