Science 8 – Post movie activity #1: simulate the spread of disease. Each student had a test tube with water in it, while one student had a test tube with 0.1M NaOH. Students shared their liquid with each other by going through 5 rounds of exchanging one drop each with a dropper. After 5 rounds of sharing, students lined up and I put a drop of phenolphalien in their test tube. If their liquid turned pink/magenta, it meant that they were infected.
I then challenged students to come up with a way to find who was patient zero. A few kids managed to put some ideas together and come up with a system… and it worked!
Post movie activity #2 – Was Contagion realistic?
At first the students thought that the movie was a bit realistic. I then had them do a comparison between the disease they researched and the disease in Contagion. The class then voted again and this time more people thought the movie was realistic.