The Malaria Challenge

Students research malaria as a global health issue and discuss examples and ideas for preventing the spread of the disease.


  • Students will use online data and maps to draw conclusions about the global impact of malaria.
  • Students will explain how malaria is spread and use their knowledge of the life cycle of mosquitoes to propose prevention strategies.
  • Students will discuss an example of Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal working to prevent the spread of malaria.



45 minutes


  1. Provide students with copies of the Malaria Worksheet.

Divide students into small groups of 2-3 people.

As a class, watch Fighting Malaria One Net at a Time to introduce a malaria prevention project by Peace Corps Volunteers and local health workers in Senegal.

Direct students to continue researching malaria by visiting the websites below on class computers or tablets and filling out pages 1 and 2 of the Malaria Worksheet. This worksheet will guide students through different malaria resources available on these websites.

  1. Once students have completed their worksheets, encourage them to share their findings with another small group.
  2. As reflection activity, provide each student a copy of the Self-Evaluation Form to complete questions 1-5.


  • Anopheles: A genus of mosquitoes that can carry and transmit malaria to humans
  • Host: An organism that supports another organism, such as a parasite
  • Malaria: A disease carried by mosquitoes that affects millions of people around the world
  • Parasite: An organism that lives on or in a host organism
  • Vector: Something that carries a disease from one host to another

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