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Students use the Internet to find and compare illnesses that they have had or that they have heard about in the media. Students explore the mechanisms behind catching and transmitting bacterial and viral diseases. Students visit Web sites that show them how diseases are tracked, diagnosed, and treated. Throughout their endeavors, students are able to incorporate their acquired Internet information into mini-epidemiological projects that they develop.

Grade Level:

5-8

Subject Matter:

Science

Curricular Uses:

Biology, Health, Public Health, Social Studies



Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between major infectious and noninfectious diseases, and communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  • Discuss how microbes cause disease.
  • Define epidemiology and what an epidemiologist does.
  • Identify the different ways diseases are transmitted and give specific examples.
  • Research a given country and what infectious diseases are common there.
  • Brainstorm how to avoid infectious diseases.


Use of Internet: Students should use the Internet to conduct Web research.

This lesson was developed by Jerry Citron, an NTTI Internet Master Teacher, and was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.



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