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Diabetes Diagnosis

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Description In this inquiry-based lesson, students learn about diabetes mellitus and explore techniques for diagnosing and monitoring the disease. Students must propose a plan for testing two different case study patients, then carry out their plan using artificial samples from each patient.
This teaching resource was developed by a K-12 science teacher in the American Physiological Society’s 1999 Frontiers in Physiology Program. For more information on this program, please visit www.frontiersinphys.org.
Type of Resource Laboratory or Hands-On Activity, Lesson Plan
Format Portable Document Format - PDF
Marcy Hotchkiss, Landsdowne High School
Development Date December 1, 1999
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
National Science
Educational Standards
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (K-12), Change, constancy, and measurement (K-12), Evidence, models, and explanation (K-12), Matter, energy, and organization in living systems (9-12), Personal and community health (9-12), Systems, order, and organization (K-12), The cell (9-12), Understandings about scientific inquiry (K-12)
Learning Time 4-6 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date July 29, 2010
Funding Source National Science Foundation
Suggested Use

A good lab activity. It will help the student in understanding the symptoms, diaagnosis and treatment plan of the disease and how a healthcare provider pursue in such situtation. I am planning to use it for my next session on endocrine but have to modify it due to limited resources at my place.

Muhammad Adnan Kanpurwala, Karachi Institute of Medical Sciences

I like the "spirit" of the protocol, but find it misleading to state that students will be testing "aritificial plasma." Students will be testing glucose solutions of different concentrations, but these solutions do not resemble plasma in appearance or consistency.

Carol Britson, University of Mississippi

Great inquiry activity- open enough to take students through a problem-based learning module, but also very specific about lab supplies and student protocol. I do obtain donations for glucose test strips. Directions to make own urine and other liquies are very detailed so I feel I can try this the first time as is and then adjust according to my class's needs.

Myra Arnone, Redmond High School

This resource allows educators to plan an in-depth endocrine experiment on diabetes mellitus.  There are many areas where student interaction can be implemented and students can act out the role of a health care provider.  There is a large amount of set up required although some of it could be done by the students. 

Tim Bradshaw, Polk State College

This resource is well planned out with teacher instructions and student handouts. There is a fair amount of lab set-up involved, which requires careful planning to execute properly. The lab activity also requires glucose meters and test strips (consumable lab item), which might be a limiting resource for some classrooms. If you have access to the necessary equipment then these lessons would really enhance a unit on Diabetes by allowing students to take on the role of the doctor.
Leslie Worton, Edison High School


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