Activity: Stop coronavirus
Are you ambitious for students?
Do you have a plan to help students succeed at AO3 in GCSE?
Do you want them to see science as relevant to their lives?
This activity could become part of your AO3 training programme and be a lesson that gets them talking and thinking (we think Ofsted would like it).
It's no set of slides. Starting with the context of the Coronavirus epidemic, these expert-designed activities fully involve students in integrating science understanding and Working Scientifically skills, which they put together in a 6-mark answer.
The resources will coach students in AO3 level understanding and let you assess them afterwards using the marking guidance. Here's a summary of the activity.
To reduce the number of deaths, governments are planning strategies to reduce the spread of the virus: closing public places and isolating infected people. Students model the spread of the virus - physically and using numbers, and then use their model to predict which strategy will save more lives. This acts as a pre-writing activity. Having processed the content, students can then focus on writing a coherent answer to the exam-like writing task.
You can use the activity:
- to deepen understanding of communicable diseases
- as exam practice for analysing information
- to teach about using models to make predictions
- Evaluate solutions to stop the spread of diseases
- Make predictions and calculate quantities based on a model
- Unit: Year 10 Human interaction (Blueprint 5-year plan)
- Key concept: Communicable disease
- GCSE spec reference (AQA): 126.96.36.199 Communicable (infectious) diseases "Students should be able to explain how the spread of diseases can be reduced or prevented."
- Working Scientifically: Predict model variables: Make precise predictions for the variables of a model based on relationships, calculate quantities based on the model or show its limitations.
- Learning stage: Analyse
- Pdf file for instant download after payment - Powerpoint version available on request
- Activity designed to take approx. 30 minutes: a starter and 2 tasks
- Extended writing questions with assessment guidance
- Teachers guide with slide by slide commentary
There are two activities plus an extended writing task. It has been designed to take about 30 minutes. You will need additional time, or a homework for students to do the extended writing (which can be assessed). If you need to shorten the lesson time, you can:
- Activity ‘How a disease spreads’ – do the simulation with large numbers as a whole class
- Activity ‘Stop Coronavirus – get students to only work out the numbers for one strategy and pool the answers