Mystery Virus: Epidemic Epidemiology Case Study Simulation
How Vaccines are Made (Including COVID-19 vaccines)
This activity can be assigned to students via Google Classroom or other digital learning platform, a PDF file can be emailed to student, or a hard copy can be printed and given to students.
What is a virus?
Parts of a typical virus: capsid, RNA/DNA, receptors
Structure of covid-19 Virus
How is covid-19 transmitted?
Prevention of covid-19 infection and treatment
How big is a virus?
Types of Viruses: rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, influenza, RSV, HIPVs, adenoviruses,
Diseases caused by viruses: cold, flu, covid-19, bronchitis, pneumonia, MERS,SARS
3 Components of Modern Cell Theory
Structure of a Bacteriophage: capsid, collar, sheath, base plate, tail fiber
Lytic Virus Life Cycle
Lysogenic Virus Life Cycle
Immune Systems Response to Infection: leukocytes, Helper T Cells
Symptoms and Treatment for Virus Infections
What is the difference between Epidemic and Pandemic?
How are vaccines made? (traditional & Platform Vaccine Technologies
Vaccine Rapid Response Platforms
Moderna Nucleic Acid Vaccine Platform
Rehydration of Vaccines
Genetic Sequencing of Viral DNA
Vaccine Rapid Response Platforms
Epidemiology Case Study Simulation – students take on the role of a Public Health Director and work with a virtual expert epidemiologist to identify the cause of a respiratory virus outbreak and recommend a course of action to prevent an epidemic.
This highly engaging online simulation asks students to take on the role of a Public Health Director to determine the cause of a recent mystery killer virus epidemic outbreak at a local High School and Senior Center.
In their role as Public Health Director, students are guided by an expert epidemiologist through the entire case study simulation which consists of:
Studying medical reports and determining which ones to follow-up on
Collecting information and identifying patterns of infection from patients
Using the Scientific Method, develop & test a hypothesis to explain the outbreak.
Evaluate epidemiological testing to determine what pathogen is causing the disease.
Use epidemiology methods to determine the source and how the pathogen spreads.
Make a recommendation on which patients should be isolated and quarantined.
Distance Learning: This simulation case study is appropriate for independent student work and should require minimal or no additional instructions from the teacher, The online simulation takes the student thru the entire process, step-by-step, with clear and concise directions from a virtual “expert epidemiologist”.
Topics Covered: Scientific Method, Epidemiologist, Epidemic, Obtaining Medical records to confirm illness symptoms, Mapping locations of confirmed cases, Establish timelines and travel histories, Developing Hypothesis for what is causing illnesses and how it is spreading, Viral or Bacterial Culture, Blood Cultures, Rapid PCR Test, Blood Test for Antibodies, Case-Definition, Case-Control Study, Longitudinal Study, Analytic Epidemiology, Odds-Ratio
This digital book review bundle includes everything you and your students need to create a great looking Digital (or Print) Book Report. The included google form discussion question assignment challenges students to analyze setting, character actions, author tone and purpose, point of view, plot development, and connections to the main characters.
Included in this Bundle
12 page Google Slide Digital Book Report (student instructions included)
Black & White Print Version and Digital Version in Color
7 Criteria Rubric – Both Print Version and Google Sheet Version that Automatically Calculates Total Score! This is a real time saver!
Google Form with 13 Discussion Questions. Works great as a homework assignment prior to class discussion or as a springboard to online discussion and collaboration!
Included Bonus! – Editable Digital Google Form Book Report
This webquest makes a great activity to introduce the topics of viruses and the body’s immune response. It also is perfect for an emergency sub lesson! I’ve included a variety of engaging video and website resources from: Ask a Biologist, Cells Alive, Amoeba Sisters, CDC, and Live Science. – Answer Key Included!
This web quest consists of 4 pages. Students will enjoy watching engaging videos, using an interactive microscope simulation, and informative websites.
Google Classroom is quickly becoming one of the most popular digital classroom platforms use in education today.
Google Classroom lacks flashy graphics and is relatively simple to use and that is the essence of it’s popularity. Because most students and teachers have prior experience using applications similar to those included in Google’s G Suite apps like Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, the transition to using Google Classroom is easy.
Below is a list of ideas for those of you that are new to Google Classroom as well as ideas for teachers more experienced with digital classrooms. We will be adding to this list over time!
Create a digital Classroom Scavenger Hunt in Google Docs to teach your students classroom procedures and where to locate materials the first week of school.
Post a question and have your students comment.
Add resources such as procedures, glossary, course syllabus, etc. as Materials students can quickly access in a classroom digital folder..