Meet the Heros

Vaccine development is the focus of a lesson that explores its history, timeline, and how the scientific method aids the process. Following a discussion about Edward Jenner and Small Pox, learners answer questions in their journals then work in small groups to research additional vaccine heroes. Class members share their findings and create a timeline that showcases the plethora of scientists that have contributed to vaccine development over the years. Participants write a brief essay about one of the many scientists discussed.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Direct class members to use their notes from the previous lesson to assist in answering questions during this lesson
  • Invite a healthcare worker to speak to the class, either safely in person or remotely
  • Encourage pupils to write a thank-you note to a frontline healthcare worker for dedication to keeping everyone healthy
Classroom Considerations
  • The last lesson in a series of two that explores viruses
  • The lesson takes two 45-minute sessions to complete
  • Vaccines are a hot-button topic, be sensitive to families beliefs
  • Highlights the hard work and perseverance that goes into vaccine development
  • Comes with one extension activity
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