Disease Prevention Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about disease prevention. Students will read a text lesson, discuss disease prevention, and create a personal three-part disease prevention plan.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe techniques for disease prevention
  • plan for disease prevention in their own lives


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.


  • Begin the lesson by asking if anyone has ever caught a cold or the flu from someone at home. Ask them if they can think of any ways that they could have prevented getting sick.
  • Distribute the text lesson How to Prevent Disease Transmission. Ask students to read the introduction and first two sections ('How to Prevent Disease Transmission' and 'Vaccination'). Discuss the following questions as a class:
    • Why is it important to prevent disease transmission?
    • What are some ways that disease transmission can be prevented?
    • How important is vaccination?
  • Ask students to read the next section ('What the Sick Can Do'). Discuss the following questions:
    • If you are sick, what should you do to prevent spreading your sickness to others?
    • Have you ever used any of these strategies before? Do you think they were successful?
  • Ask students to read the remainder of the lesson. Discuss:
    • What can you do to avoid getting sick when someone around you is sick?
    • Do you use these strategies every day? Should you?
    • What other special scenarios are important to remember for disease prevention?

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