Understanding Diabetes And Its Complications


In this 1st of 4 lessons, students are introduced to the deadly disease called diabetes mellitus. Subsequent lessons will address what the link is between diabetes and food, what a proper nutritional plate looks like, creating a healthy shopping list and meal.


In this lesson, students begin to understand and explain the different types of diabetes, examine the complications to the human body, and how diabetes patients learn to manage and cope with this dangerous disease.  Students will utilize a variety of resources to investigate, examine and synthesize this debilitating American problem.   This unit is project based learning using Microsoft Office Products-Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher to help students understand. examine, manage and cope with the onset of diabetes.    

Lesson Times

Snicker Hook
20 Minutes
Journal Activity
30 Minutes
Fact or Fiction PSA
55 Minutes
Activity 1 Defining Diabetes Lab
275 Minutes
Final Interview Assessment
55 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Information Support and Services
Grade Levels
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult
  • College

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)
California English Common Core Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to investigate, interpret information, evaluate, draw conclusions and select the appropriate software to report findings related to diabetes.

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