Lesson Plan: Germs, The Body's Defense System & How Vaccines Help - New Diseases on Turtle Island (4-7)
Understanding the role infectious disease played in Canada’s history is important for all students to understand. Smallpox and other infectious diseases changed demographics, risked loss of cultural knowledge, and shaped how our nation looks and acts today.
An initiating activity engages students in thinking and talking about how historical issues related to the spread of infectious diseases are still relevant today, i.e., SARS, COVID-19. Students then complete the lesson and corresponding worksheet provided. After this, students explore Indigenous perspectives by watching two videos—Haudenosaunee Creation Story: Sky Woman and the Onondaga Historical Association Creation Story. A series of questions are provided to help students compare the differences and similarities between the two videos. Students apply their learning creatively using comic pages provided.
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