Vaccines are used to help prevent infections from causing us harm. If we hadn't discovered vaccines, over half of your students would not have survived long enough for you to teach them! This lesson introduces the history of vaccines through Edward Jenner’s story, and explores how these medicines work and are used.
In this is a student reading comprehension activity. Students are told a story about Edward Jenner and how he discovered vaccines. This story can either be given in individual student handouts or be read to the class by the teacher. ‘Fill in the blanks’ and ‘answer questions’ activities help reinforce the main points of the story. The extension activity encourages students to recreate the story of Edward Jenner and his vaccine discovery through fun role play.
DISCLAIMER: e-Bug was developed for use in schools pre-COVID-19 and so some activities may require modification based on your school’s distancing guidelines.
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