(CNN Student News) -- Students will learn about the H1N1 virus (commonly known as swine flu) and research why officials are concerned about the H1N1 pandemic. Students will also learn about the measures that are being taken by international, federal and local health authorities to prevent the spread of colds and the flu and a possible outbreak of influenza.
Direct student groups to the resources provided to learn about the origin, symptoms, transmission and status of the H1N1 strain of flu. Pose the following questions to guide students' research:
Have groups share their findings with the class. After the discussion, instruct students to contact the Department of Health in their state to learn about the measures that the agency is taking to prevent the spread of colds and influenza. Have them find out whether the agency has an established plan to deal with a possible outbreak of influenza. If the Department of Health does have an influenza preparedness plan, have students identify its different components, such as:
After groups share their research, ask students to imagine that they are in charge of their state's Department of Health, and pose the following question for class discussion: Based on what you know about the current status of the H1N1 flu and the available resources in your state, what plans might you put in place to prevent the spread of flu or to deal with a possible outbreak?
Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of:
• Personal and community health
• Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges
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