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Life Science: What Happened to Mya?
Subject: Science
Grade span: 6 to 8
Duration: Several 45- to 60-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Exploring Science Through Projects and Problems


This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice Exploring Science Through Projects and Problems. In this activity, students receive a mysterious case study about a girl who fainted. Using clues in the case study and additional research, students discover the problem and learn about diabetes, its symptoms, and treatment.

Learning Goals:


Note: If students don't have access to computers, go to the American Diabetes Association's Youth Zone and print and copy articles for students to reference.


What to Do:

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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