Lesson Plan

The Malaria Challenge

Subject: Science
Duration: One 45 minute class period

Students research malaria as a global health issue and discuss examples and ideas for preventing the spread of the disease.


  • Students will use online data and maps to draw conclusions about the global impact of malaria.
  • Students will explain how malaria is spread and use their knowledge of the life cycle of mosquitoes to propose prevention strategies.
  • Students will discuss an example of Peace Corps Volunteers in Senegal working to prevent the spread of malaria.



  • Provide students with copies of the Malaria Worksheet.
  • Divide students into small groups of 2-3 people.
  • As a class, watch Fighting Malaria One Net at a Time to introduce a malaria prevention project by Peace Corps Volunteers and local health workers in Senegal.
  • Direct students to continue researching malaria by visiting the websites below on class computers or tablets and filling out pages 1 and 2 of the Malaria Worksheet. This worksheet will guide students through different malaria resources available on these websites,
  • Once students have completed their worksheets, encourage them to share their findings with another small group.

Assessment & Evaluation

As reflection activity, provide each student a copy of the Self-Evaluation Form to complete questions 1-5.