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Product 14931

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Infection! Epidemic Simulation Super Value Laboratory Kit for biology and life science, the exchange of simulated saliva mimics the sharing of a beverage contaminated with an infectious virus. Trace the infection to its host.

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Have you ever been sick and wondered where you got it? Diseases may be spread by the exchange of body fluids, such as saliva, from one host to another. In this activity, the exchange of simulated saliva mimics the sharing of a beverage contaminated with an infectious virus. Students’ curiosity is piqued as they document the exchange partners in order to trace the infection and discover the original host.

Super Value Kit is complete for 5 classes of 30 students working individually.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Structure and function
Patterns

Performance Expectations

MS-LS2-2: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
HS-LS2-6: Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
HS-LS2-8: Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce