Swine Flu - What's All the Fuss???

by frances 26. May 2009 17:59
Behind the News (Swine Flu)
This is a great story to use in Biology for the unit on Microbiology!
There has been a lot of discussion about the Swine Flu and whether we should have put so many resources into its prevention!
The roles could be: scientists (for and against); policy makers; someone infected; and, hospital staffer.
Some Resources
If you don't want to make your own WQ: have a look at the following two: 
WebQuest Direct's Description of this WebQuest:

1. Outbreak: A Webquest about Epidemics  Bronze award  

Key Learning Areas: Science
Key Competencies: Collecting, analysing and organising information; Communicating Ideas and information; Planning and organising activities; Working in a team
Tasks: Analytical; Compilation; Creative Product; Research; Science
Grade Levels: Secondary / High School
Country: U.S.A. U.S.A.
Language: English

Designed for students in Years 9 - 10 studying Biology or Life Sciences. Students are to investigate the history of epidemics, a communicable disease and present their findings as a short play. Each person in the group is to assume a different role in the play: the doctor, the patient, a family member and a nurse. They are to have props and "act their part" in the play. They are to create a pamphlet or booklet on their particular disease. Diseases: Leprosy (aka Hansen’s Disease), Black Plague (Black Death, Plague or Bubonic Plague), AIDS, Typhoid Fever, Ebola, Mad Cow Disease (in humans), Hepatitis, Malaria, Influenza (flu), Tetanus, Measles, Small Pox, Rabies, Diphtheria, Hantavirus, Tuberculosis, Polio, African Sleeping Sickness, Gangrene (infection), Whooping Cough, Cholera, Yellow Fever, Flesh eating Bacteria, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Anthrax, Mumps, and Meningitis (bacterial or viral). Extension idea: After the completion of the skits, students can write an comparison and analysis paper where the diseases discussed are compared. "Which disease is the most threatening to human kind? Defend your choice." Resources: adequate. Evaluation rubric is provided. Conclusion is just a platitude with no call to further action although the extension idea is available. Teacher's Guide contains Curriculum Standards, some Implementation Advice, and, Duration: 2 - 3 days. Design and Layout: simple navigation with some images. Last updated 2006.
Also at:

2. FluQuest: Seeking a community response
(Now only in the Internet Archive - but rated 4.5/5 by WebQuest Direct's Teacher Reviewers so a great one to convert and use today with only some small updates!!! Suggestion: Use the Short-cut WebQuest Authoring Tool [SWAT] at http://www.webquestdirect.com.au/swat to adapt this WebQuest and include the Swine Flu experience!)
WebQuest Direct has a dozen or so WQs about this or related topics.

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