TEKS- & NGSS-aligned curricula for Vaccine Hesitancy, One Health, and more…
TEKS- & NGSS-aligned curricula for Vaccine Hesitancy, One Health, and more…
Middle & High School STEM Resources for Teachers • Partnership for Environmental Education & Rural Health • Texas A&M University • peer.tamu.edu • Vaccine Hesitancy • Biology & Environmental • Veterinary • One Health • Integrative • Videos • PEER
Texas A&M's Partnership for Environmental Education & Rural Health (PEER) Program strives to further Kindergarten thru 12th-grade science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in rural schools across the nation. PEER spreads awareness and knowledge of One Health, agricultural, life, and veterinary sciences.
The program provides free, TEKS- and NGSS-aligned curricula. Teachers may request a lesson and lesson plan for any grade. Students may also enjoy browsing the PEER YouTube Channel, which includes veterinary student interviews and scientist presentations.
an image collage illustrating the topics covered by videos about vaccine biology and hesitancy available from PEER
Vaccine Biology & Hesitancy
With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing vaccine biology and hesitancy to the forefront of public discourse, PEER has developed a large body of content addressing these issues for teachers to incorporate in their lesson planning. With almost 80 videos available featuring Dr. Ian Tizard, Distinguished Professor of Immunology at Texas A&M University, topic areas include:
  • Vaccines & You
  • Vaccine Biology
    • Introduction
    • Bacteria
    • Viruses
    • Basic Immunity—Fighting Invaders of the Body
    • Vaccinations—How do vaccines work?
    • The Triumph of Vaccines in Controlling Disease
  • Vaccine Hesitancy
    • Science of the Coronavirus
    • Coronavirus Vaccines
    • Importance of Vaccinations
    • Vaccine Hesitancy Reassurances
    • Vaccine Hesitancy Myths
Rack Cards
In addition, a set of rack cards (brochures) has also been developed, with both English and Spanish versions available for download as PDFs. These are:
The Immunology Consortium at Texas A&M University, of which Dr. Ian Tizard is a member, has published a statement in support of COVID-19 Vaccination. 
images illustrating PDFs available about vaccine hesitancy by PEER
Screen shot showing modules from Biology and Environmental Science curriculum
Biology & Environmental Science Curriculum
This curriculum includes two standards-based topics—Biology and Environmental Scienceintended to teach middle and high school science in a student-centered way. Each topic contains three modules, and each module contains multiple units. Each unit includes:
  • PowerPoint and Google Slides presentations,
  • note-taking outlines (skeleton notes),
  • interactive pre- and post-tests in Google Forms,
  • study games, 
  • activities to reinforce what the students have learned, and 
  • documents that detail TEKS and NGSS-alignment.
screen shots showing games, tests, and note-taking outline examples
Infectious Diseases Spaying/Neurtering Parasites
Veterinary Curriculum
A collection of lessons aligning science standards with veterinary medicine
all include multiple presentations or plans that teachers can implement into any classroom. 

Topics are:
  • Arthritis
  • Behavior
  • Clinical Trials
  • Dental Health
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nutrition & Growth
  • Orthopedics
  • Parasites
  • Physical Exam
  • Spaying/Neutering
One Health Graphic from the U.S. CDC
One Health Curriculum
A standards-based, mobile-app curriculum designed to be more interesting and motivating to students, the One Health Curriculum frames content in terms of their own health. Modules are named with an emphasis on the One Health concept and can be accessed via our conventional website, through our learning management system (LMS), or through our viewer (without management or feedback).
The term “One Health” refers to the biological reality that humans and animals share the same biology and many of the same diseases. Almost everything that has been discovered about human medicine was first discovered through research on animals, and many applications have been made in both human and veterinary medicine. One Health is the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health.
Available modules include Cell Biology, Stress, Infectious Diseases, Ecology Clinical Trials, Genetics, Zoonotic Diseases, and Vaccine Hesitancy. Each module has a motivating tool kit of enrichment learning activities. The learner can select the order in which many of the activities are completed. Each module has the following integrated learning activities:
  • Essential Knowledge
    Slide show of academic content that meets Texas Knowledge and Skills Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Backpack Adventures
    Science fiction story based on each module’s theme about a time-traveling group of middle-school students
  • Meet the Scientist
    Short biography of a research pioneer in the topic area
  • Scientist Video Presentation
    Video on the topic from a scientist
  • Real Science Review
    Published research report that we re-wrote at middle-school grade level; students conduct a simulated peer review, just as real scientists do with real science
  • Make a Note of That
    Advice to help students organize notes on the academic content
  • Practice
    Mnemonic advice to help students remember the information presented in the various learning activities; engaging digital games to reinforce learning of essential knowledge
  • Show What You Know
    Pre- and post-tests of essential knowledge
  • Teacher Guide
    An overall lesson plan of the module, includes TEKS/NGSS, background information, required resources, and classroom activities
Example units from the Infectious Disease module
Integrative Curricula
These integrative curricula follow adventure stories. The characters—young middle-school-aged students—travel through time and space to different parts of the world. They face various health problems they're required to solve. Each set of curricula provides lessons in English, math, science, and social studies. Stand-alone lessons are also available in each of the subject matter areas.
Each set of curricula was developed by repackaging our original curricular modules into smaller, one- to three-class period lessons. They contain lesson plans, class activities and games, worksheets, handouts, and quizzes. Sets are packaged with a teachers' guide introducing the lessons and providing background information.
Lessons not only captivate students’ interests in unique ways but also appeal to a sense of adventure and excitement that can only enhance their learning. One such adventure/curricula set for 6th grade is The Kiss of the Assassin, set in Peru. It focuses on pathogens and bacterial infectious diseases (namely Chagas disease) that can be obtained from insects, like the “kissing bug,” that harbor the bacteria and serves as vectors for the disease. It includes:
  • PowerPoint presentations,
  • teacher's guides,
  • narratives, and
  • four to six packaged lessons in each of the four subject matter areas.
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Videos on a variety of STEM topics are available for teachers to utilize as part of their lesson plans. Recorded interviews with scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary, graduate, and undergraduate students, plus ones with student researchers are all available.
  • Science & You!
    with Dr. Larry Johnson
  • Bugs In Your Blood: Malaria!
    with Dr. Jeffrey Musser
  • Healthy Pet, Healthy You!
    with Dr. Mark Stickney
  • The Vet School Experience: What is vet school really like?
    with Dr. Anton Hoffman & veterinary students Nikki Lejeune and Emily Burkhart
  • My Path to Vet School: A Veterinary Student Q&A Panel
    with Nikki Lejeune, Clarissa Root, and Chanel Berns
  • The Cat's Out of the Bag!—Veterinary Specialization & Feline Medicine
    with Dr. John August

Image collage of video topics
About PEER
The Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER) is a Youth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) promotion program utilizing veterinary medicine and environmental issues to stimulate youth interest in learning about their own health (One Health). The project has reached 20,250 teachers in all 50 states and 2,046,250 students over its 20+ years of existence. PEER has received both National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grant monies, as well as funding from Texas A&M University and private foundations. These funds have allowed PEER: to develop a website hosting standard-based science and agriculture sciences lessons and scientist and veterinarian videos; provide teacher professional development;
and near-peer mentoring of K-12 students.
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Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) National Institute of General Medical Sciences + Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
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