Students learn facts about the global threat of malaria and methods for fighting its spread. Students learn one way they can take action against malaria through fundraising to purchase insecticide-treated bed nets.
One 50-Minute Class Period, plus time to carry out a service-learning project
The learner will:
Students participate in the Sweat for Nets program. Students "get active" in the fight against malaria. Ask the school to dedicate one athletic event (or more) to fighting malaria. The school or organization can donate all ticket proceeds to Sweat for Nets, and the students can inform and educate the audience about the need.
Distribute Malaria Fast Facts" Handout 1. Ask students to read, mark the statements as True or False, and discuss the answers in small groups. Ask: "Was any of this information new or surprising to you?"
Have students form groups of three or four. Within these groups, ask students to pretend they have been hired by the government of a country with a high incidence of malaria, such as Ghana. The government has asked the group to prepare a report that explains how they can reduce the incidence of malaria in the country. Each group should prepare an oral and visual presentation (e.g., posters and charts) that discusses its recommendations, taking information from the websites they have visited.
Research: Students research malaria and the treatment and prevention methods.
Debate: Students debate whether poverty causes malaria or malaria causes poverty. Students debate the best methods to stop the spread of malaria.
World Health Organization website: http://www.who.int/malaria/en/. See statistics about Ghana here: http://www.who.int/malaria/publications/country-profiles/profile_gha_en.pdf
GenerationOn. "Sweat for Nets" http://www.generationon.org/teachers/resources/sweat-for-nets. Access the forms at http://www.generationon.org/orgs/sweat-for-nets-forms-and-templates.
Write True or False after each statement.
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