Disease Control and Prevention Teacher Resources
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Begin with an online pre-quiz about West Nile Virus. Using a fictional scenario, young epidemiologists read how it is transmitted and examine the stages of the life cycle of a mosquito. They imagine that they are members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formulating plans for identifying infected persons and how to contain the spread of the virus. The 35-page lesson plan provides beneficial background information, worksheets, resource links, answer keys to ensure success at teaching this mini-unit to your biology masters.
Students graph data on fetal and infant mortality rates collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They identify trends in the data and propose potential causes for the trends.
How do you calculate your Body Mass Index, and why is this information a valuable indicator of health? Your class members will discover not only what BMI is and practice calculating it using the height and weight of six fictitious individuals, but in the process they will also learn valuable skills of interpreting information, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on evidence.
Students research about the symptoms of West Nile Virus. In this health lesson, students play the role of scientists investigating mosquito activity in a fictional community. They suggest ways to prevent West Nile virus infection by creating informational posters.
Tenth graders discuss facts and myths about HIV transmission. In this biology lesson, 10th graders complete an HIV awareness poster and scavenger hunt. They simulate the transmission of the disease through a class activity.
Intended to inform a general audience on why birth defect happen, they take on the role of epidemiologists. They will read background information, conduct internet research, and compile the information. A mock investigation and diagnoses concludes the lesson. This lesson is about birth defects and is not intended for use with a special ed class.
Students explore the importance of sun safety in relationship to skin cancer prevention. They test the effectiveness of various sunscreens and administer and analyze a simple survey to their peers. In addition, they implement a public service campaign designed to increase student use of sunscreen and sun safety awareness.
Students describe how ringworm and roundworm cause diseases in both humans and animals. In this life science lesson, students research how these diseases can be transmitted. They create an information brochure to promote public awareness about this health hazard.
High schoolers research about the physiological effects of prolonged lead exposure. In this chemistry lesson, students investigate the lead content of different paint, soil and water samples. They analyze data trends and share their findings in class.
Youngsters investigate autism and autism spectrum disorders. They access a variety of websites which present information on ASD's, and assess how accurate the information they've read actually is. They work in groups and utilize worksheets embedded in the plan which guide them through a fact-checking process for each of the sites they look at. Finally, each group creates a display that has many of the most important facts about autism and ASD's. An excellent plan!
Learners develop an understanding of autism by engaging in an inquiry-based discussion. Pupils are exposed to the vast array of defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. They create posters about the developmental characteristics that would likely show up in children who suffer from these disorders. This terrific, 11-page plan has clear instructions for the activities, worksheets, and a rubric you can use to score the posters. Excellent!
Middle schoolers discuss the pros and cons of having household pets. In this health lesson, students identify different types of diseases they can get from pets. They evaluate their pet interactions and suggest ways to modify health habits after contact with pets.
Students examine the West Nile virus and how it is impacting an American Indian reservation, In this virus lesson students devise a prevention plan for an Indian reservation to help limit the transfer of the West Nile virus.
Young scholars investigate the real world applications of nutrition. They study the problem of starvation and how it affects different populations. Students work in small groups in order to devise and intervention plan. They also search out the right type of diet for a personal nutrition plan.
Young scholars explore common misconceptions about rabies. In this health science lesson, students discuss how this disease can be treated and prevented. They research and create an information pamphlet about rabies.
Begin the lesson by having your class write what they know about diabetes. They learn through a skit how the body metabolizes glucose. A visual representation of the two types of diabetes is displayed, and then learners participate in role-playing patients with diabetes and their doctors. Handouts and teachers notes are provided. The link to the skit does not work, but the skit is easily located via an online search. It's not an exciting lesson, but it is educational and pertinent, especially with the epidemic levels of diabetes in the Western culture. A few of the student research links are broken, but the majority do work.
Students investigate the disease of diabetes. They observe research results to graph the trends of diabetes to contribute to the problem of being overweight. They explain in class discussion the physiological changes that occur in the body of a person who has diabetes.
Learners choose a question from a given list and develop an investigation about it. For this biology lesson, students analyze bacterial growth by carrying out a guided experiment. They present their findings in class.
Students examine a case study of a woman with a family history of type 2 diabetes and create a "family health portrait" that assesses her risk of developing diabetes. They use the family health portrait to record the woman's family history, students identify her genetic, behavioral, and environmental risk factors for type 2 diabetes and make recommendations for lifestyle changes.
Students investigate the concept of skin cancer and its relation to using tanning beds that expose people to artificial ultraviolet rays. They research the effects and look for ways to prevent the onset of skin cancer from the information obtained. They compose public service announcements with the results of the research to discourage the use of tanning beds.