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Plagues: Parasites

Learn about some of the many parasites that have affected people throughout history
David Nielsen
102 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 23 learners
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50 minutes
per class
Meets once
11-15
year olds
3-10
learners per class
per learner

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Students will learn about the science behind biology, medicine, and infectious disease.  They'll become familiar with how humans affect the world and how the world can affect humans as it pertains to infectious disease.  They'll be able to understand how diseases of the past have shaped our history and what we might be able to look forward to in the future.

Students will learn about parasites cause disease
How we can treat or prevent infections
Where diseases come from and how they've evolved
History and stigma attached to some of the infections
Some of the ways doctors and scientists have tackled some the worst epidemics and epidemics they're still working on

Plasmodium falciparum: Malaria
Schistosomiasis
Brain-eating amoeba: Naegleria fowleri
Entamoeba histolytica: amoebic dysentery
Trypanosoma cruzi: African Sleeping Sickness
Trypanosoma brucei: Chagas Disease

In addition to these six, we'll learn a little bit about insects which are vectors for some of these and some of the ecology surrounding insect control.  
I have a Masters in molecular biology from Tulane University and I've done a lot of work in infectious disease before transitioning to high school biology.  Everything in these lessons come from the WHO, CDC, NIH, or other peer reviewed sources.  
There's no homework, but I have included a word scavenger hunt to help learners remember important words and concepts
 1 file available upon enrollment
A completely optional word scavenger hunt is available.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.

Teacher

David NielsenTeaching Science Forever
102 total reviews
92 completed classes

About Me

I've been a science teacher for the last 5 years.  I've taught both middle school and high school science, chemistry, biology, and physics.  I thought it'd be fun to teach on Outschool because it would allow me to be more flexible with how I teach... 
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