Wherever We Go, There They Are! All About Infectious Diseases


In this lesson 3 of 4 students will gain an understanding of infectious diseases, disease transmission and infection control.


This lesson, 3 of 4, focuses on disease transmission, types of pathogens and infection control. Students will be able to draw on prior knowledge to complete this lesson.  Students will be able to identify various pathogens and the disease they cause. Students will explore how diseases are transmitted and give some methods for disease prevention. This lesson provides necessary knowledge for the completion of the culminating project in lesson 4.

By the end of this lesson students will be able to answer the essential questions.

Essential Questions:

  • How are diseases transmitted?
  • What are some ways to prevent the spread of disease?

This lesson may be done in two class period, but may extend to three class periods depending on class discussion and level of student knowledge.


  • Computers or laptops
  • Internet access
  • Communicable and non-communicable disease cards
  • Balloon 
  • Wire
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Bolts
  • Air dough or play doh
  • Q-tips
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Yarn
  • Construction paper
  • Butcher paper or poster boards
  • Markers, paints, etc.
  • Handout on Disease-Causing Scenarios included with lesson

Lesson Times

Time Allotment
2-3 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
    • Patient Care
    • Public and Community Health
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to describe the sequence of the chain of infection.
  • Students will be able to describe the purpose of infection control.
  • Students will be able to identify the types of pathogens.

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