As part of a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant project, an interdisciplinary group at Texas A&M University has created a series of stand-alone, student-centered, online modules for middle school science and biology students. This free, standards-based curriculum frames academic content in the context of “One Health”, the interconnection of humans, animals, and the environment. Students experience increased engagement as they discover real-world applications of science topics.
Each module has a motivating tool kit of enrichment learning activities. The learner can select the order in which many of the activities are completed. Each module has the following integrated learning activities:
- Essential Knowledge
Slide show of academic content that meets Texas Knowledge and Skills Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
- Backpack Adventures
Science fiction story based on each module’s theme about a time-traveling group of middle-school students.
- Meet the Scientist
Short biography of a research pioneer in the topic area.
- Scientist Video Presentation
Video on the topic from a scientist.
- Real Science Review
Published research report that we re-wrote at middle-school grade level. Students conduct a simulated peer review, just as real scientists do with real science.
- Make a Note of That
Advice to help students organize notes on the academic content.
Mnemonic advice to help students remember the information presented in the various learning activities. Engaging digital games to reinforce learning of essential knowledge.
- Show What You Know
Pre- and post-tests of essential knowledge.
- Teacher Guide
An overall lesson plan of the module including TEKS/NGSS, background information, required resources, as well as classroom activities in which teachers can utilize to guide there students through the module.
One Health Case Studies:
One Health case studies allow students to apply concepts from the One Health curriculum modules to real-world issues through role play and hands-on activities
Our Learning Management System (LMS):
Register to use the One Health modules on Moodle, our free Learning Management System (LMS). Utilizing Moodle, teachers can access reports on students’ activities and assessments.
Previous Project Resources:
Over its 20+ year existence, the PEER Program has provided K-12 students and teachers with STEM and veterinary science resources enriching science education and interest. Follow the link below to access our previous project resource archive.