Infectious Diseases

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Constructive Learning | Adaptation Level

Subject: Science

Video Transcription

[Teacher voice over]

This is seventh grade science, and we’re studying human biology unit. In one of our textbook chapters we’re studying infectious diseases, and my students are researching different types of infectious diseases.

When we started this unit I asked the kids to pick groups, groups of 5 to 6, and then we chose 10 common infectious diseases, and the children decided between two. They will work in groups of five, we have each student researching one of the main topics they need to have researched for their topic: history, causes, symptoms, or cures.

They have decided among themselves which one will research which topic, how they will put input into the presentation; are they going to do a mini movie, a PowerPoint presentation, they each have their own input, yet they’re working as a group. They have to tell each other what they have found; they have to put in information of what they found interesting, pictures that they would like to show. They are working totally together, their grade is based as a group, and so everybody has to put in their input.

Video Transcription
[Teacher voice over]

This is seventh grade science, and we’re studying human biology unit. In one of our textbook chapters we’re studying infectious diseases, and my students are researching different types of infectious diseases.

When we started this unit I asked the kids to pick groups, groups of 5 to 6, and then we chose 10 common infectious diseases, and the children decided between two. They will work in groups of five, we have each student researching one of the main topics they need to have researched for their topic: history, causes, symptoms, or cures.

They have decided among themselves which one will research which topic, how they will put input into the presentation; are they going to do a mini movie, a PowerPoint presentation, they each have their own input, yet they’re working as a group. They have to tell each other what they have found; they have to put in information of what they found interesting, pictures that they would like to show. They are working totally together, their grade is based as a group, and so everybody has to put in their input.

Objectives

  • Will the addition of digital images and video make the authentic assessment product both educational and entertaining?

Procedure

  • Using the BIG6 Research Model, students will locate information and resources on one of several infectious diseases. They will specifically look for:
    1. History of the Disease
    2. Causes of the Disease
    3. Symptoms of the disease
    4. Possible and/or known cures for the disease
  • The end product will be to produce a PowerPoint presentation or a short video movie (using Movie Maker) which summarizes all students have learned about the disease they studied.

Technology Present

  • Computers
  • Internet access
  • PowerPoint
  • Movie Maker

Grade Level: 6-8

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Video Reference Number: 1091

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