In “Ebola: Should you be scared?” students can compare an article about Ebola to a health video about it, hold a classroom debate, find the main ideas and key details in the article, get a coloring sheet and use current event notebook illustrations.
This current event curriculum is set up as a once-a-week, single-session activity. (Follow Kay’s Simple Literature and Games to learn when new current event lessons are released.) Here is what this lesson contains:
A Student’s Connection to the World
Choose the reading level that works for your class: second grade, third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade. You get current event, reproducible, reading sheets for each grade level. Then use them to help students understand more about the Ebola virus.
Then teachers choose one activity from the following:
This worksheet helps students explore the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the Ebola article.
On this sheet, students find a timeline for a few epidemics. Then they are asked to research eight names to link these scientists to the vaccine they worked on or named.
Use this sheet to help students play a concentration-like game that compares Ebola with the flu.
Comparison Worksheet — Gather the Facts
Students can use this worksheet to help them figure out the main ideas and key details for the third-person article and a health video about Ebola. Once students have completed this worksheet, they will be asked to use what they have discovered to write a comparison essay.
Throughout the previous week, students will have researched for a debate, an inquiry paper, or for their current event notebook. During this second session, teachers can use the following resources:
Students can fill out an Ebola Debate Worksheet. After students find one pro and one con fact for the debate, a classroom debate takes place.
This worksheet helps students go deeper with an assigned topic. They are asked to research a topic related to the Ebola virus.
Current Event Notebook Illustrations
Get a single-page of illustrations and writing prompts that students can use in a current event notebook. In their notebook, they can add the current reading sheet information and find related stories.
Buy this individual current event lesson here, or in “Current Events for Elementary School Students” at TeachersPayTeachers.com. “Current Events for Elementary School Students” is a bundled download and includes all the current event units created during the 2014/2015 school year, from September through May. In addition, the bundled download is updated once a month with new current event units. These updates happen throughout the 2014/2015 school year, from September through May.
View a different but complete current event unit in the Preview section for “Current Events for Elementary School Students” to better understand what you’ll find in this unit.
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