Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Who Gets Sick and Why?
Who gets sick and why?

Science Background

A pandemic (from the Greek pan “all” + demos “people”) is an infectious disease that spreads itself by means of human and animal populations across large areas. The flu is a type of pandemic or infectious disease, as is the Black Death (plague), smallpox, cholera, and tuberculosis.

Pandemics have not been well understood until very recently. For example, the infectious disease cholera, an acute diarrheal illness that can lead to severe dehydration and death, was not very well understood until the mid-19th century, when the English physician John Snow (1813–1858) determined that somehow the disease was spread through drinking water. He did this by mapping the home address of all of the people who died of ...

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