Disease Prevention Teacher Resources
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Disease Prevention and HIV/AIDS Education - Second Grade
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.
Protecting the Herd
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.
New! Pollution Prevention Is Disease Prevention
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 learning exercise to make sure you class is absorbing the relevant information.
Global Health Issues
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.
West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease: Making Sense of the Numbers
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.
Reading Comprehension 4
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.
The Mayor of Sick City/wellness
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.
Are You Susceptible?
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.
Disease Control and Prevention
Learners 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.
Treatment Through Time
Seventh graders explore how disease prevention and treatment changed throughout history. In this life science instructional activity, 7th graders create a classroom exhibit about this topic. They present their project to visitors.
Let's Put the Information in Infomercial: Designing a PSA
Students 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.
Reproductive Health: Friendship, Marriage, Sex
Young scholars contrast friendships, dating, love, marriage and parenting, describe the reproductive systems and related disease prevention and define conception, contraception, abortion and pregnancy.
Innovations in Surgery and Reproductive Health
Young scholars examine significant innovations in surgery and reproductive health. In this surgery lesson students view a video and answer the given questions.
Effects of Lung Disease
Pupils 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.
Quit Smoking-Together We Can Do It!
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.
Dental Hygiene: Homemade Toothpaste
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.
Disease Prevention and HIV/AIDS Education
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.
Anne Frank: Nutrition - Anne Frank and Me
Third graders study concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.
Heart Disease Prevention
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.