Health, Media Literacy,
- When you think of the words “health care,” what comes to mind?
- What professions can you name that are involved in our health care?
Explain that this week is National Nurses Week. Share the information in the Introduction.
As a class, brainstorm the various things that nurses do. Remind students that our health care providers have really helped us through many tough times, including the most recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Explain that a pandemic is a disease that spreads and affects people in more than one place. The COVID-19 pandemic, for example, has affected people all over the world, causing sickness, and in some cases, death. It has also really affected our front-line health care workers, such as nurses, doctors, paramedics, technicians, volunteers and others who care for the sick.
Ask students why they think health care workers are sometimes at risk. They may mention recent issues such as workers not having enough masks, gloves, and other equipment to ensure that they do not become infected themselves. Discuss how despite this, these people kept working and doing what they could to help the sick.
Have students create posters thanking nurses and other front-line health care workers for their bravery and help in times of crisis. Make the posters colourful and include a brief message of thanks. Consider making a video comprised of the posters. Work as a class to create an introduction and ask a volunteer to record it. Invite groups to record an explanation of their poster. End by having several students express thanks and encouraging messages in several languages if possible.
You may follow through with one of the following, or your own ideas.
- Post the video on your school website.
- Copy on a USB stick and send to your local hospital with a covering letter.
- Send a copy of the video to your local television station