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This resource guide from the Middle School Portal 2 project, written specifically for teachers, provides links to exemplary resources including background information, lessons, career information, and related national science education standards. What's Making You Sick? focuses on what science currently knows about viruses and infectious diseases as well as the questions that scientists are studying. Teachers will find valuable background information about viruses, germs, and disease as well as lesson plans that incorporate this material. We will look at sites that discuss the history of plagues and infectious disease that became rampant killers of millions of people. These sites uncover the role that insects and rodents have played in the history of disease. They also show how peoples response to virus and disease has changed through the centuries. We have selected a number of interactive sites that will engage students in projects designed to help them understand that illness can be caused by many factors, including personal health and hygiene. Students will learn how epidemics can be linked to contaminated air, water, and food, and how we need to find ways to contain the spread of infections that are easily transmitted from host-to-host.
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