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Mystery Disease


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Author: Mark A. Bohland
Product Code: 103
ISBN: 978-1-59363-110-9
Pages: 88
Availability: In stock.

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A serious illness is sweeping through town. Why are people getting sick? What is the source of this disease? With this problem-based learning unit, students become public health workers as they track down the source of a mysterious illness. Working in teams to solve the real-world problem and present their findings, they experience genuine, higher order learning. Decisions they make affect the outcome of the simulation.

The activities combine science, social studies, math, research, thinking, cooperation, and speech skills in one great unit. This guide includes everything you need—teacher's directions and student information in the form of memos and medical reports. This open-ended scenario will draw students into a real-life drama.

Allow your students to solve more real-life problems in Crime Scene Detective, Detective Club, Mystery Science, The Great Chocolate Caper, and The Loose Caboose.

Grades 5–8
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by Ginny Ready
on 3/7/2013
Middle School Science Teacher
I have used Mystery Disease with my 7th graders for 4 years now and have had excellent results.  My students are challenged by the "problem" but not overwhelmed by it.  In order to arrive at a solution, students must evaluate, analyze, research, synthesize, consider different points of view and more.
In addition, everything I need to facilitate my students' learning is here!

I use the Mystery River problem with my 8th graders and think that it, too, is excellent!  My only complaint is that Mark Bohland has not written more of these accesible, yet challenging, problem-based learning units.
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