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Stop the Spanish Flu! an Interactive Pandemic Game

A one-time class where students will play a game to learn about the Spanish Flu of 1918.
Tess Tureson
9 total reviews for this teacher
New class
75 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Thu Sep 1

Meet once (1 day)
5:30pm - 6:45pm
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Class Experience

Students will use historical fiction accounts to identify the real symptoms, mode of spreading, and treatments for the Spanish Flu. Students will engage in critical thinking about the logistics behind responding to a global pandemic. 
Students will grapple with pressing political questions of the time regarding the pandemic response.
The goal is for students to learn about the Spanish Flu and why it impacted Americans the way that it did, to understand that history is the consequence of a series of choices made by imperfect individuals with limited information, and to see how events in their lifetime relate to events of the past.
What students take away from this class will depend on what they put in. Some will think it was easy and some will think it was hard depending on the level of thought and diplomacy they put in to their answers.

This classes touches on the state of Utah's U.S. History standards: 
U.S. II Standard 3.2:
Students will examine and evaluate the role of the media and propaganda in promoting involvement in foreign affairs, using events such as the Spanish American War and World War I.

U.S. II Standard 3.4:
Students will explain the causes for U.S. involvement in World War I and the effects of the war on the home front, such as migration, trade, sedition act, shortages, voluntary rationing, and the Spanish flu.
I have a B.S. in Social Studies Teaching from Utah State University where I studied U.S. History extensively. I have worked with adolescents for four years as a mentor, camp counselor, tutor, and teacher. I taught U.S. History in a high school in Utah where I received multiple letters of recommendation from fellow teachers and positive feedback from my students.
Access to Google Sheets (this is easiest with a google account) This game works best on a computer or iPad, rather than a phone.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
I will be monitoring the game the whole time to keep tabs on student progress, answer questions, and provide hints if necessary to make sure learning is progressing throughout the game. 

Each student will has their own victory objective for the game: 
The Political Team will win if the country never looses the war (they keep war deaths low by allocating sufficient funds to the front), the nation votes them back into office (for this they must keep the national panic level down by providing information about what's happening, not being too gory, and trying to slow the death rate), and a cure/vaccine is effectively rolled out (meaning they have provided sufficient funds to the Epidemiology and Medical Response Teams that they were able to do their jobs).
The Epidemiology Team will win if they correctly identify the symptoms and mode of transmission for the disease and then find a cure/vaccine (this is done by choosing from a list of actual treatments and vaccines tried at the time and rolling a dice to see if the treatment was effective).
The Medical Response Team will win if the total number of deaths from the Spanish Flu stays below 675,000 people (the actual death count in the U.S.) for the entire game (they impact this by suggesting ways to slow the spread of the disease, which in turn slows down the transmission and death rates). They also must come up with a vaccine distribution plan to get the vaccine to the people after it is discovered by the Epidemiology Team. 

Student learning will be informally assessed at the end of the game when we decompress by talking about our experience. 
Letter grades may be provided upon request.
1 hour 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
This game touches on topics of vaccines, disease, death, and war. Graphic accounts will NOT be given, but potentially sensitive subjects will be breached.
Additionally, this game is played using Google Sheets, so students must have a google account which can access Sheets. They will need to share their email address with me so that I can give them access to the Google Sheet (it will be used for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE) and parents should be aware that this email address may be seen by the other students as the game is being played. If desired, parents and students can create a separate google account for the student to use for the game that is not connected to the parent or student's personal email account.
“The Influenza Pandemic of 1918”,than%20their%20own%20weapons%20could. 
Claude G. Shellhorn (a soldier) -Oct 1918: 
A doctor at Camp Devens (Massachusetts) to his friend -Sep 1918: 
Excerpt from the Santa Fe Montior: 
How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America 
THE DEADLY VIRUS: The Influenze Epidemic of 1918,other%20illness%20in%20recorded%20history. 
Spanish Flu- What were the symptoms of the Spanish Flu? 
In-Flew-Enza: Spanish Flu in Columbia
Spanish Flu 
The State of Science, Microbiology, and Vaccines Circa 1918 
The Medical and Scientific Conceptions of Influenza 
World Population By Year 
Reported Cases and Deaths by Country or Territory


Tess Tureson
Lives in the United States
Licensed High School Social Studies Teacher and Experienced Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
9 total reviews
17 completed classes

About Me

ABOUT ME: My name is Tess Tureson. If you were to stereotype me, I would be a grandma and a nerd- a grandma because I love love love old things and dying pastimes, and a nerd because my favorite hobby is learning new things and I'm fascinated by... 
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