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These middle school curricular materials offer an innovative approach of integrating environmental health science into science and non-science classes such as math, English language arts, and social studies. These integrative materials follow a written story (adventure narrative) in which the characters (young middle-school aged students) travel to different parts of the world and are faced with various health problems which they are required to solve.
In conjunction with the adventure narrative, TEKS-based, problem-solving activities have been developed in the form of PowerPoint presentations which enable students screen capture of Tut's Revengeto work through various science, math, English, and social studies topics. These activities aid students in developing a solution to the environmental health problem associated with the narrative. 

Being in a PowerPoint format, teachers can easily change, modify, add web links, etc. to these discovery-based slides in order to tailor them to studentís needs. This approach allows teachers to tailor the learning material and take ownership of this integrative learning experience.

These integrative materials will be made available to rural schools over the Web, via CD, or via traditional hard copy.

screen capture of jade dragonThis Integrative Curriculum will consist of six modules for each of 3 years (6-8 grades) and is based on standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) needed for each grade in social studies, English, math, and science.

Each adventure narrative takes approximately 20 minutes to read. The discovery-based slides contain links to various learning resources containing information on skills needed in each subject.  Examples of these include links on how to calculate percentage in math, how to establish latitude and longitude of a location in social studies, how to write a satire in English, or what types of bacteria or parasites can cause diarrhea.

The first twelve units have been completed and are being used in the professional development workshops.

 
  • Tutís Revenge is about water contamination during construction of King Tutís tomb in ancient Egypt.
     
  • The Jade Dragon is about air contamination and smoking in China that the adventurers encounter as they visit the Three Rivers Dam which is being constructed.
     
  • Hard River Escape focuses on industrial waste that induces abnormalities in wildlife of the Ukraine.
     
  • The Kiss of the Assassin focuses on pathogens and bacterial infectious diseases (Chagas disease in this case) that can be obtained from insects, like the ďkissing bug,Ē that harbor the bacteria and serve as vectors for  the disease.
     
  • Congo Cry features viral infections (Ebola and AIDS) including both animal and human in Africa.
     
  • Midnight at the Marble Tomb focuses on the health consequences of raw sewage in streets, acupuncture, tattoos,  body piercing (of the nose, ears, lips, eyebrows, and belly button), blood transfusions, and organ donations in India.
     
  • Texas: 1867 deals with the yellow fever epidemic in Texas after the end of the Civil War.
     
  • March Madness focuses on the influenza epidemic surrounding World War I.
     
  • Raccoons, Robbers and Radios examines the causes and symptoms of rabies and is set in Depression-era Texas.
     
  • Connections focuses on air pollution and asthma in the Houston area.
     
  • Three Rivers, Three Nations takes a look at bioterrorism, focusing on the use of smallpox during the French and Indian War in the 18th Century.
     
  • The Waterfall Ghost deals with the 19th-century textile industry and the byssinosis (brown lung) that many workers contracted.
     
  • Dark Poison concerns a cholera epidemic in New York in the 1830s.
     
  • The Candlestick Treasure deals with the dangers of lead poisoning in the setting of south Texas and Mexico.
               
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    Please complete our Curriculum Evaluation upon your use of our Integrated Health Modules.

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    The PEER Program is composed of three grants entitled "GK-12 Fellows Integrate Science/Math in Rural Middle Schools", "Integrating Environmental Health Science in Rural Schools," and a NCRR SEPA grant entitled "Science Promotion in Rural Middle Schools".

    Major funding for the PEER Program is provided by the
    National Science Foundation,
    the
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    and the National Center for Research Resources


     

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