Outbreak (1995)
Concept featured in clip: Microorganisms
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 1

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Summary of clip: This flickclip shows the different biosafety levels in a research laboratory. An example in the first level would be salmonella, the second hepatitis, the third anthrax and the fourth ebola. The clip clearly explains how these microorganisms are studied.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip will grab studentsí attention when beginning a unit about microorganisms and the diseases they cause. Students will clearly see the wide range of diseases and levels of safety needed that accompany the variety of microorganisms.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Why do research organizations divide microorganisms into different safety levels? What does this say about the variety of disease causing organisms?

b. What types of diseases would you classify as level 1? How about level 4? Draw up a chart and include 3 diseases at each of the four levels.

c. Why is it important that intense safety precautions are taken when studying some of these microorganisms? What does that say about some of these amazing species?

2. This flickclip could lead into a cooperative learning lesson where students work in teams of four to examine diseases in the different biosafety levels. Each student in the team could research a disease in a particular level. Overall, the team could put together a presentation/project (brochure, news show, magazine, poster) about four diseases at the different levels.

3. After learning about diseases that are caused by microorganisms, students can view the clip and then classify microorganisms and their various diseases according to the safety level that they need to be studied.