Outbreak Alert!: Additional Educator Resources

Use these resources to support your teaching of the unit: Outbreak Alert!: Engineering a Pandemic Response



Microorganisms Size Comparison

How big is a virus, anyway? This animated video offers a simple comparison of microorganisms including different types of viruses, bacteria, and yeast, scaling all the way up to large eukaryotic cells. (2:20) See page 15.

Amoeba Sisters Virus Video

If youth would like a more in-depth explanation of virus replication cycles, have them watch this Amoeba Sisters video which details the lytic and lysogenic cycles of viruses. The video also outlines the difference in treatments for viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. (6:48) See pages 33, 49.



How a Flu Virus Invades

This NPR article contains a short animated video which illustrates the infection and incubation process of the flu virus. (3:38) See page 33.

Schools in China Caught Medicating Pupils

If youth are interested in reading about a breach of ethics related to public health and outbreak prevention, have them read this 2014 article about kindergartens in China which illegally administered flu medication to pupils in order to keep them in school.

XKCD What If: Pile of Viruses

What if all the viruses in the world were gathered into one place? This illustrated XKCD article gives a thorough answer to this question while also introducing the concept of the virome, or the population of commensal viruses present in the human body and other ecosystems. See page 13.

Deadly Pandemics through History

This article lists the pandemics that have occurred throughout history and their current status.

Educator Resources


Zombie Preparedness

The Center for Disease Control’s 2011 campaign on emergency preparedness offers a variety of resources for educators, including a graphic novel, lesson plans, and more! The zombie epidemic theme is a great way to engage youth while opening the discussion to other types of disaster response. See page 41.


If youth are interested in learning about epidemiology within a global context, let them explore the HealthMap web application. This interactive world map, created by Harvard Medical School, displays current outbreaks of various infectious diseases worldwide along with links to regional news articles. See pages 41, 45.

Ad Council Website

The Ad Council has been the leading producer of public service communications in America since 1941. This non-profit organization, which brought Smokey the Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog to the public eye, has made all of their campaigns available to view on their website. See page 41.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website

Have youth visit the CDC’s website to learn about how this organization works to protect America from health, safety, and security threats. See page 3.

Inflatable chair

Inflatable, collapsible chair to make the cell model.