Polio Project

You and your partners will explore one aspect of polio’s impact on the globe in an project that will give you information about modern polio and also build collaborative research skills.


  1. Ms. LeBaron will assign your team a number and research question.
  2. Each team member will participate in the research and read at least one news story and fill out a Polio Research sheet. (Some of the stories have an audio track and can be listened to while you read along!) You may have extra research sheets for additional articles, if needed. Be as thorough as possible in your research. There may be more articles than team members. Divide the work load evenly.
  3. Find your research question below and decide which article(s) each of you will read. As you read, note the dates on the articles to help you sort out information (example, more recent news from older news).
  4. Together, you and your team members will discuss and share your findings, choosing the facts and sources that best support a group conclusion statement.
  5. You will create a group conclusion statement that answers your assigned question, using CLAIM, EVIDENCE, and REASONING.
  6. Each member of the group should be prepared to share your information with your classmates!

Polio Research Articles

1. Can polio ever be eradicated from the earth?

Race To Eradicate Guinea Worm And Polio Experienced Roadblocks In 2017

Next year could mark the end of polio

Polio in the Middle East and African could threaten Europe

How To Get Rid Of Polio For Good? There’s A $5 Billion Plan

Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It

Polio Eradication: Is 2016 the year?

2. Where, in the world, are there currently polio cases? Where have there been cases recently (last five years)? Why do these countries remain at risk?

Interactive Map of Current Polio Cases

WHO Asks Ukraine To Declare A State Of Emergency. The Reason? Polio

Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa

How Boko Haram is Keeping Polio Alive in Nigeria

Southeast Asia Free Of Polio As India Declares Health Victory

3. Are both the Salk and Sabin vaccines in use? Where and how? What are the pros and cons of each? Are there other vaccines?

The Oral Polio Vaccine Can Go ‘Feral,’ But WHO Vows to Tame It

A man shed live polio virus in his stool for 28 years

Jonas Salk’s Polio Vaccine Makes A Comeback

New Polio Vaccine Rolled Out in Massive Synchronized Worldwide Switch

Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio

4. How did polio vaccination become politicized?

Taliban in Pakistan derails world polio eradication

CIA organized fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden family’s DNA

CIA says it will no longer use vaccine programs as cover

Gunmen In Pakistan Target Polio Vaccinators

Nigeria reports increase in polio cases

5. Where are polio vaccinators at risk, and why?

Why terrorists are targeting unsung heros

Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication

Helping children despite death threats: A vaccinator explains

At polio’s epicenter vaccinators battle chaos and indifference

6. Where can polio virus be found? What makes it pop up periodically?

A man shed live polio virus in his stool for 28 years

How Did Polio Pop Up In 2 Polio-Free Countries?

To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids

New vaccine raises hopes of polio eradication

Polio Returns To Syria As Health System Crumbles

7. Is the U.S. at risk of a polio outbreak?

Science denial has consequences

The anti-vaccine movement is forgetting the polio epidemic

The Anti-Vaxxers Simply Won’t Quit

Polio Disease Questions and Answers — CDC Website

Q&A: Polio’s History—and Why It’s Again Becoming a Threat