This lesson engages students in a series of inquiry-based activities providing information on the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, including: a jigsaw/webquest using resources from the Centers for Disease Control, a simulation based on fluid exchange to model the spread of an outbreak of infectious disease, and a “disease detective”-style mapping activity based on published data outlining the start of the current Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
Two ~45 minute class periods, or the jigsaw portion can be given as a homework assignment, in which case the remaining components can fit into one class period.
Visual, kinesthetic, and auditory
Student Learning Outcomes
- Describe the following for Ebola Virus Disease: symptoms, sources and risk factors, diagnosis and detection, treatment, prevention and control.
- Simulate the spread of an infectious disease
- Analyze and graph data, determining dependent and independent variables
- Describe the Epidemiological Triangle: agent, host, and environment
- Describe how epidemiologists think about the origins and spread of infectious disease