Learning about (and using!) scientific models is a major emphasis in NGSS. Educational simulations and games about infectious diseases can provide students opportunities to work with simple models in the context of current events.

I have rounded up a list (with links) to several educational simulations & games from various source about diseases and the medical responses to them: https://flyrussell.com/reviews-disease.

Simulations and games provide minds-on, active learning opportunities for students. If you have suddenly shifted to online teaching and need help engaging students in ways that partially substitute for the decrease in face-to-face and hands-on engagement the normal classroom environment provides, consider adding educational simulations to the mix.

I'll be adding more items to my list in the coming weeks.

 

Randy Russell
Randy Russell
300 Activity Points

Thanks for your games and models, in my opinion modeling in science is very important to discribe the phenomenon and to make a clear view of it, that leads to deep understanding 

Mona Sadek
Mona Sadek
214 Activity Points

Thank you! That is very thoughful of you.  I am a student teacher teaching a 5 day science lesson for the first time virtually. So I need all the resources and tips that I can get!

Ashalenia Graham
Ashalenia Graham
985 Activity Points

Thanks Mona! In case your are interested, I've also posted a page with lists of models/simulations and games for teaching various science topics (not just disease spread) at: flyrussell.com/reviews

Randy Russell
Randy Russell
300 Activity Points

Thank you! These are great tools for students to use, they can play games and simulate models that are similar to what we have going on in our current events. 

Nicole Anthony
Nicole Anthony
692 Activity Points

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