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Diseases and their impact on humans

  • 22 April 2018
  • Posted by: Ava Lawrence
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Diseases and their impact on humans
Students’ age range: 14-16
Topic: Communicable Diseases and Immunity
Description: ACTIVITIES:
Students will do a simulation of the spread of disease: Distribute envelopes with some strips coloured green (infected) and some white. Students are asked move around to music, stop at the end of music, then look in the envelopes. Those with green will whisper to the person beside him/her (repeat 2 time).
All persons hearing green will stand (infected persons). Students will be questioned as to what type of disease is transmitted from one person to another (communicable disease highlighted here). Brainstorm for types of communicable diseases.
1. In small groups, students will use textbooks to research 2 types of communicable diseases, their signs and symptoms (each group will be given a different set). Each group will given a brief introduction of their disease in oral presentation.
2. Using the Compass Point strategy, students will organize their thoughts on ‘Immunity’
Students will be required to view a short movie on immune system.
Students will be provided with the guiding points.

- What is immunity?
- Describe the types of immunity.
- What is immunization and how can they be use in the prevention of communicable diseases?
- What is a vaccine?
Whole class discussion will follow.

In groups, students will create the following:
Create a poster to highlight the types, signs and symptoms of 2 communicable diseases

Discussion will follow.

1. Students will in their groups discuss what is seen on their immunization cards, then research the types of vaccines and create a system ( pamphlet/brochure) that will sensitize their community on why vaccines are important.

2. Using the fishbowl technique students will discuss the importance of vaccinations to individual and community health.

Each group will be place in the middle for each question. Other groups will sit around them. When a group has something to add, they will indicate then join in using the empty chair
Teacher will pose the questions to each group who will share their opinion, as well as use the facts from their research above
Each group will pose 2 questions to those in the circle (2 questions each depending on the time)

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4 comments on article "Diseases and their impact on humans"

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Kimmera Grant-Garrick

4/22/2018 4:55 PM

This is really an interesting lesson. In the engagement section I was thrown off course when the students were told to wispher, but then it became clear about what they wisphered and why they whispered.

The implementation of this plan must yield success. The students were subtlely forced to discover facts about communicable diseases for themselves. They had to come together to relate their points. The strategies were appropriate to fostering the development of critical thinkers.

I didn't see the objectors, and their was no teacher facilitator in the plan, so I do not know how to jugde the absence of that.

Otherwise, it was a superb lesson for the students. As a student myself while I read it, I thought about how much I would learn. Thanks for the information. It's practical.

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Jacqueline Strong Rhoden

4/22/2018 7:03 PM

I literally enjoyed reading this lesson. There is alignment between your stated objectives and the selected strategies to teach are active and allow for the 4Cs to be elicited. The evaluation/ assessment instruments you outlined are aligned to the tasks you put forward. To add a little fun to this I would use sprinkles in the envelopes, and have the students pinch and touch another person at the end of the music in the engagement.

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Moya-Dean Walcott

4/23/2018 10:15 AM

Great plan. Students will be excited from the beginning of the class which will make them more open for new information. They will read more effectively

Excellent use activities to promote critical thinking skills

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Tasha-Gay Swaby- Allen

4/23/2018 12:29 PM

The introductory activity; musical chairs is quite fitting and interesting to capture the learners interest at the initiate stage of the lesson. This lesson plan is so designed to ensure that the learners are active participants in their own learning which will bring about self- motivation as the lesson is student-centered. The objectives and teaching and learning strategies used seemed to be very appropriate for the students level. However, i think that some form of independent task could be given before final assessment; this could be used as a self-assessment. In doing so, teacher will have a better understanding of the number of students who have successfully grasped the content presented to them which will allow the teacher to revisit any area of concern for clarification before doing final assessment.

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