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Lesson 5: Understanding Chronic Disease


In this lesson, students develop their understanding of chronic disease. After discussing the differences between infectious and noninfectious disease, they work in pairs to read about and research common preventable chronic diseases in preparation for teaching others about these health problems. Then students work in small groups to create a poster about the preventable chronic disease they studied and share their findings with each other. As homework, students have the option to conduct additional guided online research using reliable websites to learn more about some nonpreventable chronic diseases that can occur in children.

Note: Allow two 45-minute class periods if students conduct the additional research into common childhood chronic diseases.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between infectious diseases and non-infectious diseases. 
  2. Access sources of accurate information about common chronic diseases. 
  3. Optional: Identify health problems associated with common childhood chronic diseases or conditions such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, and epilepsy.

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • PHW-6: Practice behaviors that prevent chronic diseases.
  • PHW-9: Prevent serious health problems that result from common chronic diseases and conditions, such as allergies, asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 3: Accessing Resources
  • Performance Indicator 3.5.2: Locate resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
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