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Learn Vaccines

Target L1 (2) (1)

Preparing for Lesson 2

Before the lesson, preview the three activities:

Decide which activities are right for your students and how you'd like to explore them. You could do all of them or just the one you like best. You can do them in any order. Or, you could have some students try one activity, and others try another. Consider having students explore all three using a Jigsaw approach. It's up to you!

Once you've made your choice, tell your students which activities you'd like them to explore, and how you'd like to explore them!

Activity Options

Jenner, Stephen; 'Blossom', the Cow; Edward Jenner Museum;
Option 1

How Blossom the Cow Saved Millions of Lives

She didn’t do it alone, of course. She had the help of milkmaids, an eight-year-old boy, and a brilliant scientist who did something that maybe, just maybe, he shouldn’t have. Your students will find out for themselves how this unlikely team saved millions of lives!

Copy of Hunt for the Truth
Option 2

The Hunt for the Truth

How do scientists test whether a vaccine works? How do they make sure it isn’t dangerous? In this lesson students can explore exactly how scientists test vaccines to make sure they’re safe and effective.

Copy of Disease in the Green Kingdom
Option 3

Disease in the Green Kingdom

It’s one thing to hear about how diseases spread; it’s another to see it for yourself. In this lesson students create their own hypothetical diseases and explore how illness spreads through the Green Kingdom.

Reflect on Learning

Have students reflect on learning by responding to the following prompts in the Reflection Journal, using a video platform or in the Lesson 2 Google Form (Questions about Forms? Check out the tutorial video.)

  • What did you learn today that was the most surprising?
  • What did you learn today that might help people feel comfortable with vaccination?

Content Connections

  • You can use this project as a springboard for teaching any content you’d like.
  • Check out some Blue Apple content connection ideas for grades 3-8 for the entire VacciNation project!

Collaboration Options

  • Do you have comments? Ideas? Additional resources that others might find handy? Email your Project Coach! (Haven’t gotten a Project Coach yet? Contact us at
  • Would you like to connect with another teacher doing this project? Email your Project Coach to be connected with another educator doing VacciNation.

Got Questions?

  • Blue Apple can connect you with Lisa Birmingham, who worked on the Pfizer vaccine team, to discuss your class's vaccination questions.

Want More?

VacciNation is a great project. But if you like these activities, you'll LOVE the full Blue Apple Experience! Check out Prevent the Spread, where students learn all about germs and what schools can do to stop them in their tracks—shop all their Project-Based Learning experiences here !

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