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Students explain how immunizing a significant proportion of a population against a disease prevents epidemics of the disease (herd immunity). They list factors that affect the proportion of a population that must be immunized to prevent epidemics. Students comprehend how large-scale vaccination programs help control infectious diseases.
Second graders, in groups, rotate to several stations around the room, in which question cards, regarding disease prevention, have be assigned. Groups visit each station, discuss and record their answer to the question and move to the next station/question.
Plenty of background information about how air pollution affects much more than just our lungs is included on this attractive handout. After reading, pupils make a working model of a lung and diaphragm. Junior physicians place a small piece of cotton in the lung to find out what happens. Since there is so much reading, consider creating a comprehension activity to make sure you class is absorbing the relevant information.
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.
Examine global health issues and the philanthropic efforts of Bill Gates. Working in groups, your class will research selected diseases focusing on symptoms, transmission, and prevention. They also conclude by writing grant proposals to help eliminate worldwide diseases.
Ever needed a reason to stop eating meat? Read this interesting (and slightly disgusting) passage with your class to assess reading comprehension. Eight questions follow, and the focus is on recall, author's purpose, and passage structure. A great resource to study writing an argument. 
Students compose a letter to their community. They inform the citizens of an impending public health danger. They provide valid public health information regarding the health and well-being of the community. They present their public health campaign to the class.
Students play a game to explore the relationship between genetic variation and environmental factors in the onset of heart disease. They consider the implications for disease prevention of increased knowledge about genetic variation.
Students explore the internet site Second Life about diseases and learn how to prevent certain diseases. In this diseases lesson plan, students explore different diseases on a Second Life island and pick one to focus on and present.
Seventh graders explore how disease prevention and treatment changed throughout history. In this life science lesson, 7th graders create a classroom exhibit about this topic. They present their project to visitors.
Young scholars create story board and dialogue for Public Service Announcement commercial applying what they have researched and learned about disease prevention, and act out their commercial using dialogue they have developed as well as visual aids to illustrate their message.
Students contrast friendships, dating, love, marriage and parenting, describe the reproductive systems and related disease prevention and define conception, contraception, abortion and pregnancy.
Students examine significant innovations in surgery and reproductive health.  In this surgery lesson students view a video and answer the given questions. 
Students discover concepts related to promoting their health and disease prevention. After completing a breathing exercise, they discover the relationship between breathing complications and their health. They discuss the types of chronic lung disease and answer questions related to anti-smoking campaigns.
Learners explore how tobacco threatens the health of smokers and non-smokers. They research smoking and second hand smoke using the Internet. Students create a Quit Smoking brochure. They present a computer slide show to describe how they quit smoking and show how smoking adversely affects school achievement and workplace production.
Students research health promotion and disease prevention concepts. They also develop health enhancing behaviors. The behaviors have factors that are identified as key components to maintaining good health.
Third graders study concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.
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.
Fourth graders get into groups and brainstorm ways to obtain physical activity and different healthy foods to eat. They then develop and write and individual plan for healthy living and commit to enforcing their plan for a minimum of one week, recording their activity.
Fifth graders examine the various causes of the common cold. Using the internet, they identify the proper way to take care and treat a cold. They also describe the procedure to complete a throat culture. To end the lesson, they identify the ways to stop the spread of disease.

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