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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Investigating Disease Prevention

Africa, Asia, Central America and Mexico, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, Pacific Islands, South America, The Caribbean, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe
Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Foreign Language, Language Arts & Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies & Geography

These teaching suggestions are designed to support interdisciplinary exploration of the issue of food security. They may be used on their own or to extend students' learning from the WebQuest: Global Issues: Preventing Disease.

More about how Peace Corps Volunteers address global issues:

More about communicable and noncommunicable diseases in the world:

More about communicable and noncommunicable diseases in the United States:


Science: Investigate the impact of malaria across the globe with the WebQuest: The Malaria Challenge . Learn about the parts of the world most affected by malaria, how malaria is spread, and how it can affect individuals and communities. Then take the role of a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in a community dealing with a malaria outbreak, and assist the community in deciding on the best prevention strategy.

Language Arts: Develop a concise and persuasive public service announcement that inspires people to take action to reduce risk factors for a communicable or noncommunicable disease. For examples, view service-learning project ideas related to health.

Math: View the slide show Water Source Protection in Cameroon to learn about how improved access to clean water can make a difference in the prevention of communicable diseases. Interpret the health information that Peace Corps Volunteer Lauren Fry collected within her community in Cameroon, using the lesson plan Community Health Data Analysis .

Service Learning: Listen to the podcast or read the story about Peace Corps Volunteer Amber Lewandowski's Keep Fit Healthy Living program in St. Vincent in the Grenadines. Discuss how Amber was able to identify a real community need related to health and collaborate with local women to address the need. Discuss how you could identify health needs in your community and who you could work with to address these needs.

Social Studies: Engage students in a World Water Summit to discuss the impacts of water issues on health in countries across the globe. Use the WebQuest Improving Access to Clean Water and Basic Sanitation to engage students in background research and guide their investigations of water issues in specific countries.

Foreign Language: Have students select a country in which your target language is spoken, and research major communicable and noncommunicable diseases that people are facing there. Students will select one health issue and research strategies for its prevention. Have students work individually or in pairs to create a list of five tips for preventing the disease. Students should write the tips in your language of study and use imperative verb forms to describe actions people should take to prevent the disease. 

Frameworks & Standards

Enduring understandings
  • It is possible to reduce the risk factors for communicable and noncommunicable diseases.
  • Successful disease prevention depends on access to resources like access to medical care and supplies, infrastructure, and quality health education.
  • Communicable and noncommunicable diseases have a significant effect on people and communities in the United States and the world.
Essential Questions
  • How does disease affect individuals, families, communities, countries, and the world?
  • How are global health concerns related to other major global issues such as poverty, water and sanitation, nutrition, and education?
  • What can you do to address the burden of disease in your community and in the world?


National Science Education Standards

  • Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
    • Personal and community health
    • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

  • Writing
    • Text types and purposes: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

  • Statistics and Probability
    • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

  • Thematic Strand IX: Global Connections
    • Explore the causes, consequences, and possible solutions related to persistent, current, and emerging global issues, such as health

National Standards for Foreign Language Learning

  • Communication
    • Standard 1.3:  Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers 
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