SAFER·HEALTHIER·PEOPLE™, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services. Excellence in Curriculum Innovation through Teaching Epidemiology and the Science of Public Health (EXCITE). Students explore the local and global impact of rabies, learn about prevention and treatment of the disease, and share this information with their school through a poster.
Activity Duration: 4 hr
High school teacher: Decent activity with a high interest component. Not particularly attractive visually. The PDF gives between 10 and 15 relevant sites to visit, a pre-test and post-test, and a handful of case studies--all in text form. The recommendations given to the teacher are generic but can easily be followed. Rating: Recommended
This Web site provides links to CDC, WHO, NIH, and other organizations' sites about rabies. The linked sites are informative and reflect current and accurate knowledge. A major strength of this site is the offering of a pre-test for assessment of students' understanding, a rubric to guide instructors, educational pamphlets, and detailed methods for students and teachers. The online material from CDC is central to this activity. Rating: Highly recommended
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology (DHCPP). Through a series of questions, students learn what rabies is and how they could get the disease. They discover how to tell if an animal has rabies, and what to do if an animal bites you. There is an opportunity for students to test their memory with an online quiz.
Activity Duration: 15-30 min
Middle school teacher: Excellent way for students to learn about rabies. All the information needed is presented in an easy-to-navigate format. I could see a teacher making up a "scavenger hunt" for information and letting students surf the site to complete it. This activity is best suited for an upper elementary to lower middle-level audience. Rating: Recommended
Great presentation of content to grades 4-8. Rating: Recommended