Students should have a basic awareness of how bacteria and viruses may affect human health.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
This lesson is the first in a series of three Fighting the Flu lessons that ask students to investigate the spread of illness in their school and to innovate methods of reducing this spread.
For a Class of 30
Ask your students to think about the last time they were ill. Do they remember others in their class getting sick around the same time, or is the illness of one student usually an isolated event? Are there times of the year when it seems that sickness is more widespread in the school? Can your students think of any ways that they might figure out who was the principal carrier of the illness? Why might epidemiologists, virologists, public health officials, school staff and even the students themselves want to identify a principal carrier? What tools do doctors, healthcare professionals and even moms need in order to identify diseases, germs, viruses and bacteria? Are there objects around us that might either help or stop the spread of germs?
Students can select the areas of the classroom to swab and then prepare the Petri dishes.
CDC Seasonal Influenza– This website gives an overview of the seasonal flu.
National Geographic- A look at seasonal influenza as well as past flu outbreaks
Disease Transmission- This site provides an overview of key terms related to disease transmission
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Miles, Texas, United States
May 21, 2014 - 11:13am
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