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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.
Young scholars compare and contrast the conditions of the 1918 influenza outbreak with those of today. They try to identify prevention strategies for infectious diseases.
Inquiry into Infectious Disease: It's a Germy World After All
Students choose a question from a given list and develop an investigation about it. In this biology lesson, students analyze bacterial growth by carrying out a guided experiment. They present their findings in class.
Human Population's Response to Re-emerging and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Students examine the human population response to microbial diseases. In this disease lesson plan students observe population trends, write about a scientist and evaluate and defend current treatments for infectious diseases.
Infectious Diseases: Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis
Students discover the different sources of pathogens that cause diseases. In this health science lesson, students explore different ways to treat infections. They create a persuasive pamphlet on their position on vaccination.
Using Mathematics to Explain the Spread of Diseases
Learners 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.
Sexually Transmissible Diseases (STDs) - Day 1: Overview
Pages and pages of information on sexually transmissible diseases (STD). Vocabulary, worksheets, reference sheets, questions for discussion, and more. Transmission and reducing the risk of transmission of a STD. Signs, symptoms, and treatment of STDs. These are some of the things included in this lesson. Definitely worth exploring.
Plant Disease Identification and Classification by Using Sterile Techniques
Seventh graders identify how to use sterile techniques when identifying plant pathogens. In this plant diseases lesson students complete a lab activity in which they see how plant diseases are identified and classified.
Some Similarities between the Spread of an Infectious Disease and Population Growth
If the infectious diseases and population growth worksheet, students simulate the spread of an infectious disease by exchanging fluids in a lab activity. Students watch the spread of the disease and graph the spread of the disease vs. the number of interactions the student had. Students also calculate the growth of a bacteria population and plot its exponential growth.
Watch Out for Little Creatures!
Students study common plant pests and diseases. In this science lesson, students classify pests and diseases and identify the signs of common plant diseases. Students explore how to control common pests.
Bacterial Agents as Instruments of Terror
Students examine bacterial agents as instruments of terror. In this bacteria lesson students study the different bacterias and their symptoms.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Overview
Students observe human heath by completing a worksheet in class. For this STD lesson, students identify the different types of diseases which are spread through sexual intercourse and what symptoms will become noticeable. Students identify contraception methods which heavily reduce the risk of contracting an STD.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Lesson 4
Students participate in a class discussion which includes categorizing sexually transmitted diseases into various groups such as "always have symptoms/often don't have symptoms" and "curable vs. not curable" to reinforce the idea of abstinence as the safe
Students explore the causes of disease, how organisms, spread disease, and the process of infection. Examples of inherited diseases, environmentally caused diseases, and the agents that cause them are examined in this lesson.
Young scholars study how the human body fights off disease causing agents. In this human health lesson students study the use of antibiotics and the problems misuse can cause.
Students explore the concept of opportunistic diseases. In this opportunistic diseases lesson plan, students take notes on a lecture regarding systemic herpes, candidiasis, cytomegalovirus, tuberculosis, MAC, recurrent pneumonia, cryptococcosis, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, Kaposi's sarcoma, and lymphomas.
Some Similarities Between the Spread of an Infectious Disease and Population Growth
Students compare and contrast the spread of infectious diseases and population growth. In this biology lesson, students identify the exponential growth pattern of spreading diseases. They relate this to HIV infection and AIDS.
Don’t Drink the Water: Investigating a Cholera Epidemic
A stellar microbiology lesson in which high schoolers become epidemiologists and test simulated stool samples (molasses and water) for a disease-causing pathogen. They use findings to determine if an epidemic was caused by drinking affected water. There is much more to this biology lesson than can be described here, including plenty of teacher support. Most of the links are no longer active, but similar websites could be easily located.
Overview of Infectious Diseases
For this biology worksheet, students work through stations on Microbial Evolution, Where Are They?, Global Burden of Disease, and Public Health. They respond to twelve questions related to the four stations.
New! Infectious Disease Case Study
Small groups of life science learners look at Allison's symptoms and discuss a diagnosis. They use a chart of illnesses and draw symptom clues from an envelope to determine what illness she has. A instructional activity like this gives children an opportunity to role-play and practice critical thinking skills.