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Infant Incubator Lesson 1

Preterm Infant Problem

Student Sheet

Teacher Answers

Optional: "Premature Infants and the Developing World"

Estimated class Time:

Two 40-minute class periods


What is the global preterm infant problem?


  • Post-its
  • Large chart paper

Lesson Level Learning Objectives:

  • MS-LS1-5. 
  • Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.


  • Students will examine various graphs and infographics to learn about the mortality rates of preterm infants and the challenges they face after birth (i.e. staying warm).

What we Figured Out: 

  • Students will learn that preterm infants have higher mortality rates in some countries than in other countries.
  • Students will learn that preterm infants have a low birth weight and have more difficulty staying warm than full term infants.
  • Students will learn that there is a need to keep the babies warm.

Questions we still have:

  • How can we keep the babies warm?
  • How do we make heat?  
  • Why do they need heat?  
  • What temperature do they need? 
  • How long should it stay warm? 
  • How do we keep it warm for that long? 
  • What is preterm? 
  • Why are there more deaths in some countries and not in others?
  • What materials do we have? 
  • What materials can we use? 
  • What do the materials cost?

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