workshop # 2:
workshop #2- killer plagues
background information what are some examples of killer plagues?
what does killer mean?
That which ______________
what does plague
how have plagues spread?
what can be done to stop the
spread of plagues?
Anchor Video: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.
1. What is a plague?
2. What were some of the symptoms of SARS?
3. How did SARS spread from Asia to North America?
4. What did medical workers do to try to keep SARS from spreading?
5. Where the medical workers’ efforts to keep SARS under control successful or
Vocabulary Practice: Answer each question in a complete sentence and include the Target
Word in your answer.
1. If you have a contagious disease, should you stay home or go to school?
2. Which is an epidemic: two people getting sick or 200 people getting sick?
3. What kind of impact might a hurricane have on a city?
4. Which part of a car is internal: the engine or the wheels?
5. If you have resistance to a disease, can you catch it?
Fill in the Blank.
internal contagious impact resistance epidemic
1. Once you get a measles shot, you can’t catch the measles because you have a
2. The snowstorm affected the whole city; it had a drastic ________________________.
3. Everyone in my class caught the flu; it was an ________________________________.
4. I got sick from my sister because her illness was _______________________________.
5. Because your spine is inside your body, you would say it is _______________________.
Directions: Using the key code at the bottom, write the matching letter underneath each symbol. Example:
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Bubonic plague estimate Infect SARS
Contagious Estimation infection Sequence of events
Courageous Expose Internal Smallpox
Ebola Feasible Narrative Paragraph
The Black Death
Killer Plagues Vocabulary Crossword #1
3. the spreading of a disease or plague that happens rapidly and to
6. a result or effect
9. when your temperature is about 97 degrees. ****
10. when something can be described as able to be completed or
12. the ability to fight or overcome something.
1. pains that you feel throughout your body when you are sick.****
2. Street name for the type of flu that is going around now ****
4. a killer disease that affects numerous people
5. when you are not feeling well, you are ______. ****
7. able to be done
8. something that happens on the inside, such as inside your body.
11. unique traits to a person or thing.
13. able to be passed through the air or by contact.
An Explanation of Ebola
Ebola is a deadly virus originating in parts of Africa. It is classified as a hemorrhagic fever. There are
four varieties of Ebola, named after their country of origin. Ebola Zaire, Ebola Cote d'Ivoire, and Ebola Sudan
are all known to cause serious illness in human beings.
Ebola may be transmitted through bodily fluids, such as blood and secretions. Well-known ways of
getting infected are handling other primates infected with Ebola, contact with infected corpses during funeral
services, and touching infected patients without exercising proper caution. It is thought that the disease may be
transferred through particles in the air, but so far there are no proven cases of this method of infection. Hospital
staff are particularly at risk to infection during an outbreak. Difficult economic conditions and a lack of access
to proper sterilization and protective garments make nurses and doctors an easy target when they deal with
patients who have been infected with Ebola.
Contrary to popular misconception, Ebola does not kill within a matter of hours, and the virus will
incubate for up to two weeks before symptoms begin to occur. These symptoms include a rapidly intensifying
fever, horrible muscle pain, and debilitating weakness. Further symptoms may include diarrhea and vomiting, as
well as both internal and external bleeding.
While popular media has presented the symptoms of Ebola as fast-acting and truly horrific visually, in most
cases there is little external exhibition of the virus. While external bleeding may occur on occasion, it is rare,
and the popular image of people "melting" or of internal organs literally liquefying is blown out of proportion.
In fact, although Ebola is classified as a hemorrhagic fever, less than half of cases ultimately result in
hemorrhaging. When hemorrhaging does occur, however, it is certainly capable of some grotesque exhibitions,
with bleeding possibly occurring from the mouth, genitals, nose, and beneath the skin.
1. Where did Ebola start?
2. How do you contract or get Ebola?
3. What is it like to have Ebola?
4. Would you like to have Ebola? Explain.
Reading a Chart
1. Most people call influenza, flu, and most people call pediatric, kids. Rewrite the title of the chart using this
2. What single year had the highest number of flu deaths? ______________________________
3. What two years had the lowest number of deaths? ______________________________
4. What two years had the highest number of deaths? ______________________________
GROSS DISEASE AND PLAGUE WEBQUEST
1. Go to http://basecampearth.org/exp3/home.htm
2. Click on “Face the Enemy” toward the bottom of the screen.
3. Click on “Set #3 Influenza.”
4. Click on “influenza.”
5. Answer these questions:
a. Is influenza contagious?____________________________________________
b. What does contagious mean?________________________________________
c. What are some signs of having influenza?
6. Click on “bonehead thing to do.”
a. What is a bonehead, dumb, thing to do in regards to influenza?
7. Now, go back, and click on “Set #5.”
8. Click on “rabies.”
9. Answer these questions.
a. Why is rabies dangerous?
b. How is the virus transmitted or passes?
c. What are some symptoms of rabies?
10. Click on “bonehead thing to do.”
a. What is a bonehead, dumb, thing to do in regards to rabies?
11. Now, go back and click on “smallpox.”
a. Why is smallpox so scary?
12. Now go back. Click on any other disease, your choice. What did you choose?_________________________
a. Why is this disease scary?
b. What is it like to have this disease?