Grades 6 - 12
This set of plans and activities includes:
The exploration of some big ideas:
- How do infectious diseases work?
- What are the social effects of outbreaks?
- Where’s the line between preventing/containing outbreaks and invading privacy/crushing civil rights?
- What are the pros/cons of using social media tools to monitor outbreaks?
- Can viruses be considered beautiful? Intelligent?
Links to videos and articles from respected sources including TED, The New York Times, The Guardian, and NPR.
A carefully assembled reading list of 7 intriguing, enlightening, award-winning books (fiction and nonfiction) dealing with the topic of infectious diseases; a list covering audiences from middle school through adult. Each title includes multiple links to make it as easy as possible to find copies available for purchase/download/lending.
Activities to get students investigating and talking about infectious diseases and related topics: debates, essays, art projects, etc.
Links to a riveting documentary followed up with deep questions, debate topics, and more.
Links to games (board games and PC/mobile) about infectious diseases.
Enough mental sustenance to keep students engaged and challenged for weeks.