NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS
( Disease Defenders | Animal Alert! )


The National Science Education Standards (NSES) External Link were produced by the National Research Council External Link in 1995 and published in 1996. The Standards were the result of four years of work by twenty-two scientific and science education societies and over 18,000 individual contributors.

Veterinary Medicine Path

National Science Education Content Standards Correlation Grades: 5-8

Instructional Objectives

Science Content Standard

Students will apply science process skills by role-playing different careers in the "discovery to control" of a new disease.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.

Students will be able to describe how and why scientists collaborate in the identification, detection, and treatment of a disease.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.

Students will be able to recognize the role that animals play in disease transmission to humans.

Standard F: Students should develop understanding of personal health.

Students will know what clinical signs are and why they need to be observed in animals.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard C: Students should develop understanding of regulation and behavior.

Standard C: Students should develop understanding of structure and function in living systems.

Students will understand what a quarantine is and its purpose.

Standard F: Students should develop understanding of personal health.

Students will be able to identify a reservoir, vector, and host in a disease transmission cycle diagram.

Standard F: Students should develop understanding of personal health.

Standard C: Students should develop understanding of structure and function in living systems.

Students will be able to recognize the role of a veterinarian in investigating a disease outbreak.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.


Epidemiology Path

National Science Education Content Standards Correlation Grades: 5-8

Instructional Objectives
Science Content Standard

Students will apply science process skills by role-playing different careers in the "discovery to control" of a new disease.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.

Students will be able to describe how and why scientists collaborate in the identification, detection, and treatment of a disease.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.

Students will be able to apply a case definition to determine the number of people affected by a disease.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Students will be able to identify the occurrence of an outbreak by analyzing and interpreting a graph.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Students will know what a case control study is.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Students will be able to calculate and compare exposure odds ratios to determine the source of an outbreak.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Students will be able to recognize the role of epidemiologists in investigating a disease outbreak.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.


Microbiology Path

National Science Education Content Standards Correlation Grades: 5-8

Instructional Objectives
Science Content Standard

Students will apply science process skills by role-playing different careers in the "discovery to control" of a new disease.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.

Students will be able to describe how and why scientists collaborate in the identification, detection, and treatment of a disease.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.

Students will be able to recognize the techniques that are used to identify viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi in a laboratory.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard E: Students should develop understanding about science and technology.

Students will be able to recognize techniques that are used in a laboratory to identify an unknown virus.

Standard E: Students should develop understanding about science and technology.

Students will know that a viral microarray is used to identify an unknown virus by comparing its nucleic acid to the nucleic acids from known viruses.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard E: Students should develop understanding about science and technology.

Students will know that polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is used to make copies of nucleic acid sequences.

Standard A: Students should develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry.

Standard E: Students should develop understanding about science and technology.

Students will be able to recognize the role of microbiologists in investigating a disease outbreak.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor.

Standard G: Students should develop understanding of the nature of science.