Teacher-Facing Resources

Diseases and Conditions 

Author: Government of Canada 

Grade/Audience: Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, Teachers 

Topic: Diseases/conditions: symptoms, risks, prevention, treatment, & management; Availability of vaccines 

Type: Website 

Resource Description: The site contains evidence-informed information about various diseases/conditions, including symptoms, risks and how to prevent, treat and manage vaccine-preventable human diseases and illnesses. This site may be used for educators to access background information or with students as a resource for Inquiry-Based Learning about vaccine-preventable diseases and making informed personal health decisions. 

Childhood Vaccines – Quick Reference Guide 

Author: Toronto Public Health  

Grade/Audience: Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, Teachers, Administrators  

Topic: Required school vaccines; Who can get vaccinated; Information about various vaccine-preventable diseases and infections  

Type: Fact Sheets  

Resource Description: This site provides information and fact sheets for vaccines available to students from grades 7 to 12 who are eligible for these vaccines. Educators may access this site for background information or to gather information for use with students to investigate inquiry-based questions about diseases/infections and vaccinations. 

History of Vaccines 

Author: College of Physicians of Philadelphia 

Grade/Audience: Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, Teachers 

Topic: What do vaccines do; How are vaccines made; Misconceptions; Ethical issues; Diseases and available vaccines; Pioneers in vaccine development 

Type: Lesson plans, Activities, Glossary of terms, Blog 

Resource Description: This science-based site contains expert, credible information about the history of vaccines, vaccine-preventable diseases, ethical issues related to vaccines, lesson plans and activities. The site may be accessed to provide educators with background information. The activities may be used with students to develop their understanding of viruses and diseases, how vaccines work, types of vaccines, understanding risks, herd immunity and to answer their questions about diseases, vaccines and their personal health. 

Kids Boost Immunity 

Author: Kids Boost Immunity  

Grade/Audience: Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12,Teachers 

Topic: Health & climate change; The immune system; How to collect trustworthy information; Indigenous perspectives; The scientific method; Global inequality; Thinking critically 

Type: Lesson plans, Activities, Videos, Quizzes 

Resource Description: Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) developed by health and educational professionals contains sample lessons for use with students to learn about the immune system, antibiotics, vaccinations and infectious diseases. Content is age-appropriate, linked to provincial/territorial curricula, and available for free.   

Kids Health: Illnesses and Injuries  

Author: Nemours KidsHealth 

Grade/Audience: Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, Teachers, Parents/ Caregivers  

Topic: Common illnesses and infectious diseases; Importance of vaccines; Types of available vaccines  

Type: Website  

Resource Description: This resource contains expert advice on various health topics, including common illnesses and infectious diseases. Using the search engine and entering the word, “vaccines” provides the user with access to information about vaccines and vaccinations for various audiences - children, youth, and adults. Educators may access the website for background information, or to gather information for use with students to investigate inquiry-based questions about infections, diseases and vaccinations. 

Know It or Not? Increasing resiliency to health and science misinformation 

Author: MediaSmarts 

Grade/Audience: Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12,Teachers, Administrators 

Topic: Tools to debunk Science Misinformation; FAQs; The science behind vaccines; Myths; Vaccines in Canada  

Type: Lesson plans, Games, Tips sheets, Teacher resources, Digital media literacy resources, Blogs  

Resource Description: Media Smarts develops digital and media literacy resources to support adults and educators with information and tools to help children and youth develop the critical thinking skills needed for interacting with media. These resources may be used with students to increase their awareness of health and science misinformation, including misinformation about vaccinations. The website includes a searchable database.  

Vaccines for children: About vaccines  

Author: Government of Canada 

Grade/Audience: Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12, Teachers, Administrators, Parents/Caregivers  

Topic: Vaccination and the immune system; How vaccines work; How vaccinations are administered; Effectiveness; Side effects; Why vaccination is important; What to expect at a vaccination appointment; Community immunity and disease prevention  

Type: Resource Hub  

Resource Description: This resource provides evidence-informed information about vaccines. It may be used by educators for background information, or for use with students to investigate inquiry-based questions about vaccinations to make informed decisions about their personal health.