Microbes and Disease

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. 

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  • Richly detailed lesson plan
  • A video and supportive projection slides available 
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Part of an exciting unit on microbes by Baylor College of Medicine

  • Middle schoolers may not have great interest in this topic or in this research assignment; it is, however, an integral part of a unit on microorganisms