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Teaching Human Health and Climate Change


As a high school Biology / Biological Sciences and Environmental Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching about human health and diseases, vectors and vector-borne diseases such as malaria.

This lesson plan allows students to study the geographical distribution and spread of diseases. Further, students can explore how climate change could impact the spread of vector-borne diseases (specifically, malaria) and could consequently affect human health outcomes. The activity will also help students to identify policies for adapting to and mitigating the spread of diseases.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in the Biological Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Enumerate some vectors and the diseases that they cause
  2. Discuss the causes for the spread of vector-borne diseases
  3. Explain the possible link between climate change and the distribution/spread of infectious vector-borne diseases
  4. Discuss climate change-related actions and policies that will help in adapting to and mitigating the spread of vector-borne diseases


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