1 About Infectious Disease

Activity 1b

Virtual Card Sort

As a supplement or alternative to the classroom activity, have students try sorting these virtual disease cards into categories. They can view the answers below to check their work at various points in the activity.

Sort each disease into categories. Use the radio button to choose between Activity 1A (Infectious versus Non-Infectious) and Activity 1B (Infectious, Inherited, Environmental.)

Some diseases in 1B have more than one category, but you only need to select one for each. When you are done, scroll down and click "show" to reveal the answers.

  • AIDS
  • COVID-19
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anorexia
  • Asthma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Down Syndrome
  • Ebola
  • Haemophilia
  • Influenza
  • Lung Cancer
  • Malaria
  • Measles
  • Scurvy
  • Sickle-Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • Miners’ Black Lung Disease (Pneumoconiosis)


Infectious Diseases Inherited Diseases Environmental Diseases
AIDS Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Disease (?)
Cervical Cancer Breast Cancer Anorexia
Ebola Down Syndrome Asthma
Influenza Haemophilia Breast Cancer (?)
Malaria Sickle-Cell Disease Cervical Cancer (?)
Measles Lung Cancer
Tuberculosis Miners’ Black Lung Disease (Pneumoconiosis)
COVID-19 Scurvy
Skin Cancer

(?) indicates that the actual environmental factors that may be involved in the disease are not completely understood.