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One Health and Vector Control

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

18+ yrs old

Animals

Climate & Environment

Science

In this lesson plan, students will learn some of the basics of epidemiology, one health, and controlling vector-borne diseases

avatar Submitted By: Kristen Healy

September 27, 2019

Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Mosquito World File

Download the associated world file for the Mosquito-borne diseases lesson

Supporting Files

Lesson plan handouts and worksheets


In this pdf, you will find all the color charts, worksheets, and other lesson plan information.

Teacher Cheat Sheet and Notes


This pdf contains specific site information, such as, which disease is present, ways to determine disease at the site, and examples of control methods

Learning Objectives

  • To learn the importance of mosquitoes and the viruses and pathogens they transmit
  • To understand the multiple components that contribute to the epidemiology of mosquito-borne diseases
  • To utilize the provided information to think about ways in which mosquitoborne diseases can be controlled

Guiding Ideas

1. Students should understand the multiple components of mosquito-borne diseases that

are common in the United States. Prepare the students by watching one or both of the

following videos:

• “One Mosquito Bite Can Change a Life Forever”

https://www.mosquito.org/page/imone?&hhsearchterms=%22am+and+one%

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• “Mosquito Control and Why It Is Important”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw4JvqSrbCc

 

2. From the videos, the students should be able to understand that mosquitoes are still

the number one most dangerous animal on the planet, and all it takes is just one

mosquito bite to change a life forever.

 

3. Before starting the Minecraft activities, discuss the importance of mosquitoes and

mosquito-borne diseases in the United States. Use the following questions to help

guide the discussion:

• Why are mosquitoes important?

• What mosquito-borne diseases can you think of?

• How important are mosquito-borne diseases in your own area?

• Do you know where you can find information on mosquitoes and mosquitoborne

diseases in your area?

• In what ways are mosquito-borne diseases reduced?

• How would you go about making sure that there wasn’t an increased risk of

mosquito-borne diseases (West Nile virus, EEE) in your area?

• How many of your students are aware of the fact that the only way for your

pets to get heartworm is through the bite of a mosquito?

• What are some reasons why Zika virus was such a concern?

Student Activities

1. DESCRIBE MATERIAL IN THE COLOR CHARTS

a. What is epidemiology? (Prepare by reading “Part 1: Epidemiology”)

b. Describe the concept of an epidemiological triangle/pyramid

c. What are the different parts of the pyramid

• Red Chart = mosquito vectors

• Blue Chart = Disease agents

• Yellow/Orange Chart = Hosts and reservoirs

• Green Chart = Environment

d. How do the pieces in the different charts fit together?

• Purple Chart = Components of each disease

e. How are each of the pieces important in mosquito-borne diseases?

 

2. DISCUSS WAYS IN WHICH DISEASES CAN BE CONTROLLED

a. In what ways can you target some of these components for controlling or preventing

the spread of disease?

• Prepare by reading “Part 2: Disease control”

• Use the charts to begin discussion

• Black Charts = Different Control Strategies

• Are there other strategies that were not in the charts?

 

3. IDENTIFY THE DISEASE ECOLOGY AT 6 SITES IN THE MINECRAFT WORLD

a. Have the students tour through the Minecraft world. At each site (6 total), there will

be a character that will help students teleport to different sites.

b. Have students tour all 6 different sites (stations)

c. Have the students fill out CHART 1 as they visit each site

• Which disease is represented, How do they know which disease?

• How might they control disease in this area?

 

4. DIVIDE STUDENTS INTO 6 GROUPS

a. Prior to opening Minecraft, have students fill out CHART 2, describing ways in which

they will control the disease in the Minecraft World.

b. Within the Minecraft world, have students do the following:

• Have the students create their own epidemiological pyramid

• Have students modify their Minecraft site location to control disease

• Take before and after screen shots of the sites

c. When complete, have students report their findings, and explain the benefits and

the potential negative impacts of any of the control strategies used.

Performance Expectations

• Students should be able to discuss the components of their disease, and develop a

strategy to reduce risk to humans/animals.

• Students should fill out the part 1 chart, to show they understand the components of

each of the 6 mosquito-borne diseases

• Students should use the chart in part 2 as a starting point on how to plan out their

disease control strategy

• Students should present their findings in a report or presentation. Use the following

format as a guideline:

o Introduction: Have students/groups describe their mosquito-borne disease.

Why is it important? What are the different components (agent, vector, host,

environment). Have them include a screen shot of their epidemiological

pyramid created in Minecraft.

o Methods: Have them describe the control strategies they decided to

implement. Provide any interesting details on HOW these strategies were

conducted.

o Results: Have them show their screenshots of their site before and after they

implemented their changes.

o Discussion: Have them describe in what ways their modifications can help

reduce the risk of these mosquito-borne diseases. Have them also discuss

other ways to help further reduce risk. Have them describe the advantages and

disadvantages to each strategy.

Skills

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Mosquito World File

Download the associated world file for the Mosquito-borne diseases lesson

Supporting Files

Lesson plan handouts and worksheets


In this pdf, you will find all the color charts, worksheets, and other lesson plan information.

Teacher Cheat Sheet and Notes


This pdf contains specific site information, such as, which disease is present, ways to determine disease at the site, and examples of control methods

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