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LessonPlanTitle:

PoweringPathogens:PlagueInc.

Googleproductsused:
GoogleDocs,GoogleSlides

Gradelevel
:

1012

Subject
:Science/Health

Contributor
:
CaitlynBrown
Overview
Inthislesson,studentswilllearnmoreaboutthespreadandvarietyofdifferingpathogensand
virusesthroughuseofthegamePlagueInc.Whileworkingingroups,eachgroupwillbein
chargeofplayingthegamewiththeirownassignedpathogen,takingnoteonwhichevolutions
andchoicesarebeneficialandwhicharenot.Theywillthenresearchtheirpathogenseffecton
therealworldandtryagain.Afterbothexperiences,theyllendwithamuchbetter
understandingofhowdiseasespreads,actionstakentopreventit,andtheimpactrealworld
exampleshavehad.Fromthis,theyllbeabletoputtogetherapresentationtodemonstrate
theirnewlygainedknowledge.

LessonObjectives
Simulatethespreadofanassignedpathogenbothbeforeandafterresearchingitsreal
worldeffectsandevolution
Encouragestudentstoparticipateandstrategizecooperativelywithingroups
Allowstudentstocombinesimulatedandrealworldoccurrencesintoresearchthatcan
bepresentedtotherestoftheclass
Encouragecriticalthinkingandnotetakingasstudentsdiscovereffectiveandineffective
choiceswithinthegame

LessonGoals:
Studentswillresearchandcometoabetterunderstandingofaspecificassigned
pathogen
StudentswillplaythroughthePlagueInc.gametwicewhilemakinggroupdecisionsand
takingnotesonwhatactionsworkandwhatactionsdont
Studentswillpresenttheknowledgegainedthroughthegameaswellasresearchina
presentationsotherestoftheclasswilllearnaboutthepathogensthatwerenot
assignedtotheirgroup

Materials
Computer
PlagueInc.Game
AccesstoGoogleDocs


Procedures
1. Breakthestudentsintogroups.Baseduponclassandpreferablegroupsize,assign
eachamoretypicalpathogen.Thereare10differentpathogenstochoosefrom,but
lessercommononessuchasNecroaVirus,NeuraxWorm,andBioWeaponmaybeleft
outifgroupdistributionisanissue.
2. Havethegroupsplaythegameastheirassignedpathogenwithoutanyknowledge
abouthowthepathogenoperatesorevolves.HavethemtakenotesinaGoogleDoc
aboutwhatchoicestheymadeandtheresultsoftheirchoices.
3. Afterthegroupshavefinishedtheirfirstgame,allowthemtoresearchintorealworld
instancesandbehaviorsoftheirpathogensaswellashowithasevolvedovertimeand
spread.Havethemtakenotesontheirfindingsoneitherthesameoradifferent
documentasbefore.
4. Basedupontheirresearch,havethegroupsreplaythegameasthesamepathogen.
Havethemmakechoicesbaseduponthenotestheyhavetakenandhavethemagain
takenoteofthechoicestheymadeandtheresultsbecauseofthem.
5. Oncethesecondgameisdone,havethegroupsputtogetherapresentationonGoogle
Slidesabouttheirpathogen.Thepresentationshouldincludetheirinitialchoices,a
summaryoftheirresearchandfindings,andtheresultsoftheirsecondplaythrough.
Theyshouldbeencouragedtoaddimagesandcitationswhennecessary.
6. Thegroupsshouldthenpresenttotherestoftheclasssothattheclassasawhole
gainsanunderstandingofeachassignedpathogenanditsevolutionandspread.

Assessments
Studentsshouldbeassessedintwoparts:participationandpresentation.Theyshouldreceive
participationcreditiftheycontributedtothegroupthoughtanddecisionsandiftheirgrouptook
notesanddidtheirresearch.ThepresentationgradewillthenbebasedupontheGoogleSlides
presentation.Abetterscorewillbegiventopresentationsthatdisplayanunderstandingofthe
subjectandfullgroupparticipationduringthecourseofthepresentationwhilealowerscore
maybegiventogroupsthatdontdisplayanunderstandingoftheirpathogenafterthegame
andresearchprocess.

LearningStandards
IdahoHealthEducationStandardforGrades912
Prevention&ControlofDisease:
Individualshaveaconsiderablemeasureofcontrolovertheirownhealthandtherisksof
contractingillnesses.Healthrelatedchoicesanddecisionsregardingpreventionof
communicableandnoncommunicableincluderecognizingriskfactors,identifying
methodsofcontractionandtransmission,aswellasthepreventionandtreatmentof
disease.Accurateinformationanddiscussionofsexuallytransmitteddiseases,HIV
infectionandAIDSarenecessaryandimportantcomponentsofthiscontentarea.
Informationshouldbefactual,medicallyaccurate,objectiveanddevelopmentally
appropriate.

IdahoBiologyStandardforGrades910
UnderstandtheTheoryofBiologicalEvolution
Usethetheoryofevolutiontoexplainhowspecieschangeovertime.

Closure
Studentsshouldbeabletotakefromthislessonabetterunderstandingofdifferentpathogens
andhowtheyhavespreadandevolvedbothintherealworldandahypotheticalenvironment.
Thisknowledgewillhelpthemgetabetterunderstandingofboththeevolutionprocessin
microorganismsaswellasthespreadofdiseasewithinthepopulation.Thegameshouldbe
enjoyableandmemorableandprovideevenmoreopportunitiesthanjustthelessonlaidout
here.