Health & Science Curriculum Ideas & Resources for BREATHE

November 9, 2018

 

 

Welcome homeschoolers, teachers, and science buffs! You may have realized by now that I love weaving fact with fiction. I did a ton of research before and during the writing of BREATHE so that I could understand what made this virus different from the virus that shows up every flu season. Then I asked the smartest high school science teacher I know, Nadia Smith, if she would create a lesson plan to go along with BREATHE. If you are studying viruses, bacteria, pandemics, influenza, or the Spanish flu specifically, here are some great resources and guidelines to help you understand not only this year's influenza season but why the Spanish flu was so deadly. These are resources that Ms. Smith uses in her high school classroom here in Phoenix. Some of the materials and resources would also be appropriate for younger students. The Glow-germ lesson plan below is my favorite and would be something that homeschoolers who have children of different ages could all do together.

 

ATTACK OF THE VIRUSES

Discover the anatomical structure and infection mechanisms of a virus in the human body and develop a detailed understanding of the life cycle of a virus and the human body’s reaction to a viral infection.

Essential Question(s): What is a virus and how does it infect humans?

https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/cms/lib/NC01001395/Centricity/Domain/3021/Attack_of_the_Viruses.pdf

 

VIRUS VS BACTERIA

Short Ted-Ed video comparing and contrasting bacteria and viruses

Students can diagram the structure and components of a bacterium and of a virus to visualize the differences. Look online for images.

https://ed.ted.com/on/q41jt6vp

 

INFLUENZA LIFE CYCLE [IMAGE]

https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/influenza-virus-replication-cycle-schematic-diagram-43756954.jpg

 

PANDEMICS

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

“How Influenza Pandemics Occur”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdFCx8jbesQ

 

TedEd
“How Pandemics Spread”

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-pandemics-spread

 

INTERPRETING CHARTS, TABLES AND GRAPHS USING THE CDC'S WEEKLY U.S. INFLUENZA SURVEILLANCE REPORT

Real-time data from the CDC allows students to practice analyzing and interpreting charts, tables, and graphs.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VFcQ_gvjcRQSKdxNXHxRDK1aUC0EJKf9Mc0m_FN3Jb4/edit?usp=sharing

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/

 

HOW GERMS SPREAD

Glo-germ Lotion Kit Lesson, created by Cynthia B. House

http://cdn.teachersource.com/downloads/lesson_pdf/GLO-210.pdf

Materials can be purchased from Educational Innovations: https://www.teachersource.com/

Lessons included:

  1. Proper Hand Washing Can Help Stop the Spread of Germs and Diseases

  2. Cross-Contamination in the Kitchen (foodborne illnesses)

  3. How Germs Spread (suitable for younger students)

  4. Epidemic (suitable for older students) and vaccine variations

 

RELATED TOPICS

Diseases in American History Research Project

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JZ3TokOnSLyMWPAGGDbpb9y22jgk8SWvTMtieXu9YQI/edit?usp=sharing

 

Bioethical case study  on staying home if you have the flu (reading and discussion questions)

https://www.scu.edu/ethics/focus-areas/bioethics/resources/ethical-issues-in-dealing-with-seasonal-influenza/seasonal-influenza-the-ethics-of-staying-home/

 

American Experience “1918 Flu Pandemic” Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bzuQygEoAw

 

ONLINE PRIMARY RESOURCES:

Library of Congress, digital collections 

Medical Heritage Library 

Digital Public Library of America 

PubMed Health 

MedlinePlus 
Hathi Trust 

WorldCat 

Influenza Encyclopedia 

Chronicling America (historic newspapers, “influenza” search) 

 

There you go. The science fact behind the fiction. If you are interested in seeing how all this connects into BREATHE, you can buy the paperback HERE and the eBook HERE. If you try out the Glo-germ lotion lesson with your student(s), please let me know. My social media links are above. And a friendly reminder. It's flu season. Wash your hands often and sneeze into your elbow, please.



 

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