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National Institutes of Health Curriculum Supplement Series
Curriculum Supplements are teacher’s guides and curricula for selected health topics. Supplements are aligned with National Science Education Standards and state education standards and use real scientific data to encourage critical thinking skill-building.

All are downloadable; some are available in print for free.

image of the front of curriculum materials for Evolution and MedicineEvolution and Medicine
Students examine concepts in evolution, such as variation and natural selection, using modern examples from human health and medicine.  A two-week lesson plan and teacher’s guide.

For an infectious disease focus, Module 4 of this series, “Using Evolution to Understand Influenza”, reviews how genetic sequences are important for studying biomedical problems and informing public health decisions. Students apply evolutionary theory to explain the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

Image of front page of curricular materials for Exploring BioethicsExploring Bioethics
Students use lessons and case studies to investigate ethical decisions and positions on biological issues.

For an infectious disease focus, Module 2, Balancing Individual and Community Claims: Establishing State Vaccination Policies,” investigates weighing individual rights against the best health policies for a school community.


image of front page of curricular materials for Cell Biology and CancerCell Biology and Cancer
This supplement introduces students to the major biological concepts related to the development and impact of cancer. A 5-module supplement and teacher’s guide.


image of front page of curricular materials for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious DiseasesEmerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease
This supplement introduces students to the major concepts related to emerging and re-emerging infectious disease and their impact on society.
Activities include Deadly Disease Among Us, Disease Detectives, Superbugs: An Evolving Concern, Protecting the Herd, and Making Hard Decisions.

Understanding Microbes: in Sickness and in Health
48-page resource about microbes that covers a variety of topics, including microbes that make us sick, immunity to certain diseases, microbes that cause different diseases, infectious disease diagnostic tests, treatments, and more.,insicknessandinhealth.pdf?sequence=1


image of front page of curricular materials for Human Genetic VariationHuman Genetic Variation
Students study the basics of human genetics, its potential to improve human health, and its place in understanding and describing human evolution.

For an infectious disease focus, activity 4, “Are You Susceptible”, focuses on the links between genetic variation, environmental factors, and disease prevention.


image of front page of curricular materials for The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of AddictionThe Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
Students are introduced to the study of neurobiology and how drugs of abuse change the brain. Modules include: The Brain: What’s Going ON in There?, Neurons, Brain Chemistry, and Neurotransmission, Drugs Change the Way Neurons Communicate, Drug Abuse and Addiction, Drug Addiction is a Disease—So What Can We Do About It?


Image of the front page of curricular materials about Sleep, Sleep Disorders and Biological RhythmsSleep, Sleep Disorders and Biological Rhythms
Students explore the scientific process of sleep and the negative consequences of sleep deprivation. Modules include: What is Sleep?, Houston, We Have A Problem, Do You Have Rhythm?, Evaluating Sleep Disorders, and Sleepiness and Driving: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You.



Image of the front page of curricular materials for Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology
This supplement connects how advance scientific discoveries have enhanced human health and the quality of life. A 4-module supplement includes What Is Technology?, Resolving Issues, Putting Technology to Work, and Technology:  How Much Is Enough?



image for curricular materials about Rare Diseases and Scientific InquiryRare Disease and Scientific Inquiry
For Grades 6-8, this supplement is mentioned here for those teachers with lower ability science classes within the high school setting. Students find out how scientists use inquiry to research rare diseases and treatments to understand disease in the human body. The two-week lesson plan includes What is a Rare Disease?, What Causes Rare Diseases?, The Difficulty of Diagnosis, and The Importance of Medical Research.

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: Find out the Truth about Drugs
Free Booklets, Posters, PSAs and education materials about drugs.

NIH-National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Pubs
Lots of resources on drug abuse, including posters, wallet cards, including Respect—Teaching Guide and poster, Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood: A Research-based Guide, Read News About Drugs and Your Body—Compilation for Students, Mind Matters, and more!

The Truth About Drugs booklets
Find out the truth about drugs in free booklets available for download or available when ordered at:

Drug booklets available are: Marijuana, synthetic drugs, alcohol, ecstacy, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, LSD, Ritalin abuse, pain killers, prescription drug abuse and inhalants.

National Science Teachers Association—NSTA—Freebies for Science Teachers
Books and other resources such as journal articles, book chapters, website listings, classroom guides, handbooks, professional development articles, and more. Searchable for specific topics.

Infectious Disease Trading Cards
   Cards have a photo of the pathogen or vector for the pathogen, information about the infectious disease, and some have a quiz on the back to test your knowledge. Three series of cards are available for download.

NIH—HIV/AIDS Infographics
Downloadable infographics on HIV and AIDS, including HIV Drug Resistance, HIV Life Cycle, Living with HIV: Steps to Better Health, HIV and AIDS: What’s the Difference?, and more.


Hand-out-Fact Sheet—Ebola
How Ebola Is Spread

 CDC—Hand-out Fact Sheet—Ebola
What You Need to Know About Ebola

CDC—Hand-out Fact Sheet—Legionnaires’ Disease

Printable brochure—Lyme Disease:  What You Need To Know
Print or order brochures (limit 100)
Ordering information:

CDC—Chlamydia Brochure:  STD—The Facts
Order brochure; limit 5.

CDC—Genital Herpes Brochure
Order brochures; limit 5.

CDC—Reason Enough to Get VACCINATED!
Download a flyer or poster about the importance of getting vaccinated for influenza.

CDC—Infographics on the Zika virus
Seven downloadable infographics and small posters about the Zika virus, including:

  • Pregnant? Read this before you travel
  • Zika-What we Know and What We Don’t Know
  • Protect Your Family and community: How Zika Spreads
  • Zika and Sexual Transmission
  • 2016 Zika Response: CDC in Action
  • Is It Flu or Zika?
  • Top 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Zika

CDC—Zika Virus: Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies
Downloadable fact sheet

CDC—Reason Enough to Get VACCINATED!
Download a flyer or poster about the importance of getting vaccinated for influenza.

NIH—Medline Plus—Vaccines
1:26 minute video on vaccines and how they work.

CDC—Measles: Measles and the Vaccine to Prevent It
Downloadable fact sheet.

image of front page of booklet on Rethinking DrinkingNIH—National Institute of Health-Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism—Free booklet
Free 16-page booklet on “Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health”.


CDC—Free printed materials—information about the flu
Download free materials. Choose materials depending on your specific needs and your audience. Choices are specified for the general public, family and children, high risk conditions, pregnant women, young adults, seniors, businesses/employers, health care workers, American Indian and Alaskan Natives, and those choosing Spanish language.

You can also order free copies of select materials.

image of front page of resources from CDC-Info on DemandCDC INFO on Demand—Publications
Search the site for free materials, pocket guides, wall charts, posters, pamphlets and more on health topics such as environmental health, injury prevention, antibiotics, vector-borne diseases, HIV, violence prevention, and birth defects. Some materials are available in a variety of languages.


CDC—Sexually Transmitted Diseases—Summary of 2015 Treatment Guidelines Wall Chart
Downloadable wall chart of sexually transmitted disease information including pathogens, treatments, medicines, and alternatives.

CDC—Free downloadable “Prevent Lyme Disease” Bookmark
Great bookmark showing the tick that carries Lyme Disease and explaining how to remove a tick.

The National Institute on Deafness and otherlogo for the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders Communication Disorders (NIDCD) offers many free resources on a variety of topics. Assess The NIDCD Clearinghouse for information and to order publications in bulk at:

For the free publication order form, go to   View all topics or narrow your search by choosing separate topics listed under such headings as

  • Hearing
  • Balance
  • Smell and Taste
  • Voice, Speech and Language

Spanish versions are available.

image showing multiple resources available from the CDCCenter for Disease Control (CDC)—Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders information

This CDC site offers free brochures, fact sheets, posters, and training guides for information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

The site also lists curriculum packages and training guides for counseling information on FASD. Some packages include a facilitator guide, counseling manual, and client workbook.  Informational packets and resources target varying audiences.

For more information and the link to the order form, go to:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders information homepage:
This link provides more information on FASD and links to a quiz about alcohol and pregnancy, posters, free materials, and downloadable data and statistics in tables, graphs, and maps.

CDC-National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental  Disabilities
This site lists free materials by topic. Topics include Disability and Health, Sickle Cell Disease, Spina Bifida, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and more. Materials vary, but include posters, brochures, fact sheets, and guides.

CDC-Seasonal Flu Resources
This site offers links to print materials, web tools, buttons, and badges, flu virus images, video/audio tools, and a Flu Prevention Toolkit. Searchable by topic.

Logo for the CDCCDC-National Center for Injury Prevention
This site contains the order form for many free CDC publications on injury prevention. Topics include Child Injury Prevention, Fire Safety, Poisoning, Field Triage Decisions Schemes, Motor Vehicle Safety for Teen Drivers, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Violence Prevention, Suicide, and Youth Violence.

Formats vary but include fact sheets, activities guides, posters, articles, teacher and student toolkits, posters, and others.

CDC-Tobacco Use Winnable Battle Materials For You Use

Site with links to brochures, flyers, social media tools, presentations, and more for tobacco use health information. General materials on the Health Effects of Smoking, Health Disparities, Secondhand Smoke, Smokeless Tobacco, and more.

Program materials and a Publications Catalog on Smoking and Tobacco Use and Media Toolkit.

Also links to multimedia, video, and audio (podcasts), social media tools, and campaign materials.

CDC—Health Promotion Materials
This site contains lots of links to a variety of resources about recreational water illnesses, healthy swimming pool chemical safety, and other water-related disease prevention topics. Free downloadable brochures, fact sheets, and posters. Images for buttons and banners, shareable infographics, mobile apps, and podcasts are available.

CDC—Tobacco Use Among Youth: Publications and Resources
Links and information to Basic Information, Guidelines and Recommendations, Tobacco Use Prevention: Programs and Resources, and Tobacco Use Cessation.

HHMI—Howard Hughes Medical Institute Catalog
A must-view site of educational materials, including videos, lesson plans, and publications available in the HHMI catalog.  Browse through listings or use the search function to find resources for your classroom—all free!

Multiple copies of certain materials can be ordered for whole-classroom use. A link on the catalog homepage details instructions on ordering multiple copies of instructional materials.

HHMI—Viral Diversity
Downloadable poster on viral diversity.

Downloadable posters of various sizes on biological topics, such as fungi, ecosystems, mass extinctions, genetic mutations and disease, human evolution, how neurons work, HIV lifecycle, and more.

Collections of videos, activities, and demonstrations that focus on biological topics. Each collection has diverse strategies and multimedia resources that cover the topic. Topics include Scientists At Work, Organismal Biology, Chemistry of Life, Scientific Processes, Diversity of Organisms, Ecology, Biology of Cells, Genetics, and more.

CDC—Free  printable brochures and fact sheets about Genital Herpes, STDs and Pregnancy

CDC—Free printable brochures and fact sheets about a large variety of sexually transmitted diseases.

CDC—Giardia infections
Free health promotion materials about Giardia, including fact sheets, and podcasts.