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For many students, textbook information is just STUFF to be forgotten, unless they can apply what they just read to something real. This activity is perfect for students who just read about boring germs and how they spread. They have an opportunity to play the role of an Epidemiologist who tracks a disease outbreak to its source. In this activity, students have to read and comprehend, in order to accurately document the knowledge learned, by tracking direct contact, indirect contact, contaminated food/water, and contacts with insects and animals. They must identify who didn’t get sick so they can compare the activities of the sick people with those who didn’t get sick. Students will analyze data to find:
• How the disease was transmitted.
• Explain why, and provide a solution to stop the transmission, in one period.
When their parents ask them what did you do at school today? The student may reply “today I was an Epidemiologist, I stopped the spread of a disease.”
I love this activity because the students are totally engaged in solving the mystery (even the non-students and slower readers). It links something abstract (the spread of germs) to something concrete (a real life job where you can help people and solve problems).
Students will be able to identify methods to prevent the spread of common communicable disease.
Students will learn this by applying their knowledge of how germs are spread in a real life situation.
Students will be assessed by correctly completing an assignment. They will have the opportunity to be epidemiologist who has to solve a problem.
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