Tools for Teachers

Teachers: Interested in incorporating health messages into your curriculum?

Use the preteen-friendly activities below to teach your class about the importance of immunizations. Activities can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as 60 minutes. If you have any questions, email Rebeca Boyte at Rebeca.Boyte@cdph.ca.gov.

  • Comic Strip Contest
    Conduct a comic strip contest in your classroom to teach adolescents about the importance of preteen immunizations. This activity allows students to think creatively about how to convince a friend to get his shots. It may also be used to complement information in ACT III of One Shot Heroes where Jessie convinces Selena and her parents that she needs to be immunized.
    Estimated time: 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how much time teachers wish to allocate.
  • Community Immunity
    This activity is broken down into two sections. Use Part A to teach the concepts of infection, immunization and herd immunity. Use Part B to show preteens how their health choices could expose their family to disease or protect their family from disease. These may also be used to complement information in ACT III of One Shot Heroes where Jessie shows Selena and her parents a video clip demonstrating that when individuals choose to get immunized, they are also protecting the ones around them.
    Estimated time: Part A: 60 minutes; Part B 15-20 minutes.
  • Disease Guessing Game
    During this fun activity, students identify diseases using symptoms, disease facts or vaccination recommendations as clues.
    Estimated time: 10-20 minutes, depending on how much time teachers wish to allocate.
  • Jeopardy Game-IZ Edition
    Play Jeopardy with your students in the classroom or at a school health fair to creatively communicate information about vaccine preventable diseases to 11-and-12 year olds.  This lesson plan may be used to expand on disease information in ACT I of One Shot Heroes film where Dr. Warpton and Braniac explain possible consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases.
    Estimated time: 40-60 minutes or less, depending on how much time teachers wish to allocate.
  • Particle Transmission
    This activity teaches students how easily particles are transmitted onto surfaces and how diseases are spread. This activity may be used in junction with ACT II of the One Shot Heroes film.
    Estimated time: 20 minute experiment; 10 minute discussion time.
  • Scavenger Hunt
    Working in teams, preteens solve clues and then hunt for pieces of a puzzle that, when combined, complete an immunization message (or poster). The message (or poster) reinforces the importance of vaccines for 11- and 12-year olds.
    Estimated time: 60 minutes.
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