Grade 6-8

Life science

This activity focuses on how sugar moves throughout the body and the effect diabetes can have on these processes.  This activity includes 3 student stations: meal prepping, monitoring, and motion.  At the meal prepping station, students are challenged to plan a meal that fits the carbohydrate constraints of a diabetic patient.  At the monitoring station, students use a glucometer to test simulated patient blood samples taken before and after eating a meal.  At the motion station, students use glucose test strips to test simulated patient plasma samples taken before and after exercising.

Standards Alignment + Connections

Next Generation Science Standards Connections

MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

MS-LS1-7: Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as matter moves through an organism.

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