What is an Organ Donor?


This lesson will help the student better understand the importance of organ and tissue donation. Lesson 1 of 4.


There comes a time when decisions should be made. There are so many people waiting on a donor list.  One organ donor can save 8 lives.  What organs can be donated? Did you know you can also donate tissues? What tissues can be donated? 

In this introductory lesson (1 of 4), students will explore what organs and tissues can used to help save a life.  We will go over the what students know about organ donation and how will organs be used.  There will be a video about the Ray Of Hope and how a student saved four people's lives.  This project will help students understand the importance of organ donation.  At the end of the lesson, students will be able to write a letter to their teacher on how they feel about organ donation.

Lesson Times

Three Class Periods
3 Days

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (2)
California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Address myths and misunderstandings regarding organ and tissue donation. Discuss the myth of organ donation.
  • Emphasize the benefits of organ and tissue donation to the health and well-being of society generally, and to individuals whose lives are saved by organ and tissue donation.

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