In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore prevention steps people can take to reduce the spread of germs. Students will then raise awareness of healthy habits by creating educational posters and displaying them for their school and/or community.
- Brainstorm prevention steps people can take to reduce the spread of germs
- Raise awareness of healthy habits by creating educational posters
Preparation:This lesson plan is geared toward information about the Swine Flu, but you can substitute the featured resources for any of the movies listed above.
Ask students to keep an eye out for articles, websites, and news reports about H1N1, or Swine Flu. Invite them to bring these in for an upcoming lesson, and do some collecting of your own. Preview the Swine Flu movie and plan out where you’ll want to pause for discussions.
- Ask students what they know about Swine Flu, or H1N1 and as a class, complete the first two columns of the Swine Flu KWL Chart. You can photocopy this and have students complete the third column later in the study as an assessment tool.
- Review the vocabulary on the Swine Flu Vocabulary page. Hand out copies to your students for note-taking during the movie. Invite students to pencil in any definitions they already know (they can revise later, if needed).
- Watch the Swine Flu movie with closed captioning (cc). Pause as planned to give students the opportunity to discuss key concepts, ask questions, make predictions, activate prior knowledge, etc. Note: I’d often watch the same movie multiple times with my students!
- As a class, take the POP Quiz.
- Give students a chance to complete the Activity Page, independently or with partners. When they finish, they can explore the FYI tabs.
- Explain that now that your students are well informed of ways to prevent the spread of germs, they’ll be creating awareness posters, either on or off-line.
- As a class, decide on what each poster should contain (what public health message, related images, etc), and model or clearly communicate the quality level you expect (legible from a distance, includes at least 3 pieces of relevant info, etc).
- Have students work in pairs or small groups to design and create the posters. Encourage students to focus on a specific aspect of Swine Flu awareness (i.e. prevention, clarification of misconceptions, or public education about the disease). They can use the BrainPOP movie and FYI features as research tools, as well as the clippings from the news.
- When they are complete, have each group or partnership present their poster to the class and then hang it up in the school or other community area.