Curricular Area: Life Science, Medicine, Language Arts, Geography, and vocational studies
Grade Level: 10 - 12 Grade
Length of Lesson:
10 Classroom Periods (With Computer Access)
Overview: Students will become a part of a CDC "Outbreak" team and search for the infectious agent that is terrorizing a desert town by killing its inhabitants. Students will research what members of the CDC team do and use those skills to discover what the agent is and how to isolate and control it.
Goal / Purpose: Students will:
discuss different roles in the medical field
demonstrate how to utilize the Internet for research
describe various infectious diseases and their prevention / treatment
discuss and organize various methods to be used to contain the outbreak organism
will write a group report based on their research
will conduct a presentation of their findings.
Prerequisite Learning: Students will have complete chapter studies in microbiology to include bacteria and viruses.
Students will be given a 3-4 hour introduction into how to use a word processing program (AppleWorks), Internet research, saving programs to disk, printing, and using a presentation program (AppleWorks or PowerPoint).
Access to Computer Station
Students will be evaluated by the teacher on how well they worked as a team to solve the outbreak problem and how well they reported their results. Teachers may wish to use the provided rubric.
California State Standards Met:
6. Stability in an ecosystem is a balance between
a. biodiversity is the sum total of different kinds of organisms, and is affected by alterations of habitats.
b. how to analyze changes in an ecosystem resulting from changes in climate, human activity, introduction of non-native species, or changes in population size.
c. how fluctuations in population size in an ecosystem are determined by the relative rates of birth, immigration, emigration, and death.
10. Organisms have a variety of mechanisms to combat disease.
a. the role of the skin in providing nonspecific defenses against infection.
b. the role of antibodies in the body's response to infection.
c. how vaccination protects an individual from infectious diseases.
d. there are important differences between bacteria and viruses, with respect to their requirements for growth and replication, the primary defense of the body against them, and effective treatment of infections they cause.
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Teacher Resource Information:
Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation/Conclusion | Teacher Page
Date Last Modified: 8/23/99
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