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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. 
Young scholars use the European Union's struggle with Mad Cow Disease as a starting point to study the spread of infectious diseases across geographical boundaries.

Deadly Diseases

6th - 12th
Learners consider the social, political, environmental, economic, medical and other considerations for why particular countries experience outbreaks of certain infectious diseases.
Emerging epidemiologists investigate infectious diseases. In this disease instructional activity, young scholars gather information about various diseases. Students create their own pamphlet about the disease. Young scholars use peer assessment to grade their work.
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.
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.  For 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 plan 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 instructional activity, 9th graders read an article on Heart Disease. Students complete guided questions on the reading.

Lung Disease

6th - 8th
Middle schoolers simulate breathing for a smoker and someone with a chronic lung disease. In this health science lesson plan, students examine the short and long term effects of smoking. They write a persuasive argument against it.
Did you know that every four seconds, a new case of Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed? Future researchers find out the biology behind this devastating disease in which the victim suffers memory loss, but their families never forget the struggle. Each stage is examined, as well as current ways of slowing its progression. Consider showing the video as part of your unit on the brain.
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 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.
The deadly smallpox virus, which killed between 300-500 million people in the twentieth century alone, is a feature player in modern world history. Discover how this disease spread across the globe by and through various nations throughout history, and how English physician Edward Jenner, father of immunology, finally developed the smallpox vaccination.
Students examine the human population response to microbial diseases.  In this disease instructional activity students observe population trends, write about a scientist and evaluate and defend current treatments for infectious diseases. 
Students use statistics to solve problems based on the spread of disease.  In this disease lesson students study the role that viruses and bacteria play in the spread of diseases and explain pandemics. 
Students discover the different sources of pathogens that cause diseases. In this health science instructional activity, students explore different ways to treat infections. They create a persuasive pamphlet on their position on vaccination.