the past quarter students have studied various aspects
of diseases and epidemics in social studies, language
arts, mathematics and biology. By this time they have
created a poster in science, a commercial in social
studies and a bookmark or some other take-away outreach
item in language arts. They developed these materials
around different local health issues. They are now
ready to share their outreach materials with their
peers and then with their chosen audience within the
community. Students may already have established contacts
with whom to share their work, or you may wish to connect
with an organization on behalf of your students. If
possible, inviting the public health visitor from earlier
in the semester would be a wonderful way to connect
again with an outside group(s) this individual may
have ties with.
will be able to:
Communicate with an audience about a public health
issue in multiple manners.
Science Education Standard:
Standard F - Science
in Personal and Social Perspective
AND COMMUNITY HEALTH
The severity of disease symptoms is dependent on many factors,
such as human resistance and the virulence of the disease-producing
organism. Many diseases can be prevented, controlled, or cured.
Some diseases, such as cancer, result from specific body dysfunctions
and cannot be transmitted.
Personal choice concerning fitness and health involves multiple
factors. Personal goals, peer and social pressures, ethnic and
religious beliefs, plus an understanding of biological consequences
can all influence decisions about health practices.
You may wish to connect with the public
health official who visited earlier in the semester about
displaying the students’ work with a local community
health office, doctor’s office, library, community
center, hospital lobby, or non-profit health related organization
(ex. American Lung Association). You may ask the students
to make the initial contact and arrange the posting of