ALEX Lesson Plan


Diseases and Medical Conditions

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Author:Kathy Bailey
System: St Clair County
School: Springville High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 10243


Diseases and Medical Conditions


This is a technology-based research project designed to gather information about a given disease or medical condition and to present that information to a class by using a slideshow presentation. This health class lesson will address Career Technical skills through development of slideshow slides with transitions, animations, and timing features. It will also utilize a variety of input devices such as a digital camera, scanner, CD-ROM, and the Internet.
 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
6. Utilize advanced features of multimedia software, including image, video, and audio editing.
TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
11. Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will define a given health disease or medical condition.

Students will research and describe the causes and symptoms of a specific disease or medical condition.

Students will research and interpret facts about the diagnosis and treatment of a specific disease or medical condition. Students will compile a list of Internet resources with information related to a specific disease or medical condition.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will prepare a multimedia presentation by using presentation software. Students will utilize transitions, animations, and timing features to demonstrate slideshow skills. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using a digital camera, scanner, and CD-ROM as input devices. Students will perform research using the Internet. Students will demonstrate proficiency in presenting a multimedia presentation.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Library books on various diseases, "Human Diseases and Conditions" encyclopedia Volumes 1, 2, and 3 (if available)

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer(s) with Internet access, clip art CD-ROMs, scanner, digital camera, presentation software, diskettes for each student, multimedia projection equipment for sharing presentations


Teacher Preparation - Reserve the library media center for one day and place books about diseases and, if available, put the “Human Diseases and Conditions” encyclopedia set on reserve. Reserve the computer lab (if available) for five days. Prepare a list of diseases and medical conditions from which to assign one to each student. Prepare assignment and instruction handouts.
Student Preparation - Students must have some word processing skills and be able to navigate on the Internet. Prior use of presentation software is beneficial.

1.)The teacher will give the assignment handout to students and explain overall procedures for the project and how it will be evaluated. (see attached)

2.)The teacher will assign a disease or a medical condition to each student from the prepared list.

3.)The teacher will take the class to the library media center for students to research their topics. Everyone will check out a book or books on a given topic. The students will also gather information on their topics from the encyclopedia set “Human Diseases and Conditions.” (45 minutes)

4.)The class will go to the computer lab for everyone to access the Alabama Virtual Library. Students will gather information about their topic on the AVL site. (45 minutes)
(Alabama Virtual Library)

5.)After researching their topics, the students will fill out the activity sheet included in the assignment handout (see attached).

6.)Distribute the PowerPoint directions handout (attached) if this is the presentation software that will be used. If you a different type of presentation software is to be used, adjustments will need to be made to the handout. Demonstrate how to create a slide with text, transitions, animations, and timing features. Next, have each student follow along and create one slide as the teacher talks them through the directions.

7.)Each student will create a slideshow presentation on his/her topic. The presentation will have 9-12 slides containing the information from the completed activity sheet that is part of the assignment handout (attached). Each slide should include transitions, animations, and timing features.

8.)After the teacher demonstrates saving text from the Internet, each student will locate a definition of the disease or medical condition he/she is researching and copy it from the Internet onto the “definition” slide. Make sure the students cite the source of the quotation correctly.
(Alabama Virtual Library)

9.)After the teacher demonstrates inserting clip art from the presentation software onto a slide, each student will insert a clip art onto the “causes” slide.

10.)After the teacher demonstrates inserting clip art from a CD and the Internet, students will use a CD and/or the Internet to obtain clip art and add to the “symptoms” slide. Make sure the students correctly cite the source of any pictures used.

11.)After the teacher demonstrates scanning a document, students will save their presentations onto a diskette. Students will take turns using the scanner. They will insert their diskettes into the computer connected to the scanner and open the presentation file. Next, they will scan the graphic or picture relating to their topic from the “Human Diseases and Conditions” encyclopedia or other reference book. They will then insert the resulting picture file into a new slide inserted after the “definition” slide. Again, take this "teachable moment" to caution students that the source of all scanned pictures included must be cited on the bibliography slide of the presentation.

12.)After the teacher demonstrates taking a picture with a digital camera and inserting it onto a slide, the students will take pictures of each other to insert into their last slide.

13.)The students will view their slides by following the instructions on the handout. They will preview the slideshow and make any necessary corrections. Each student will rehearse the slideshow and prepare for the class presentation.

14.)The teacher will demonstrate how to connect a computer with a multimedia projector for presentations. The students will not be able to do this individually, but they will be assigned groups to observe the teacher connecting the equipment each day for the presentations.

15.)The teacher will assign students a day to give their presentations.

16.)Students will present their slideshow presentations about their topics to the class on the assigned day.

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Assessment Strategies

Evaluation of the project is detailed on the assignment sheet attached.





Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.