Non-Communicable Diseases
A WebQuest for Grades 7-12

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Introduction      Task      Procedure      Resources      Evaluation      Conclusion      Teacher Information


The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia has just been contacted by Washington, D.C.  Reports have been issued stating there has been a large increase in the number of cases of non-communicable diseases across the country.  You are a scientist working for the CDC and have been given the task of identifying a disease, stating the causes, describing the symptoms, and outlining a prescribed course of treatment.  As always, illustrations are extremely helpful in getting your information across.
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Your job as the Scientist working for the CDC is to research your assigned disease.  In order to help your country reduce the number of active cases, you need to be able to identify the symptoms of the disease, the cause of the disease, describe the effects the disease has on the body and state the course of treatment. After you diagnose your disease you need to present your findings to the Executive Board at the CDC. They will use your information to improve the health of the American people.
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  1. Your teacher will divide you into pairs or your teacher may have you work solo.
  2. Each pair or individual will be assigned a non-communicable disease.
  3. Using the resources below, you will answer the following questions:
    Slide 1:  Name of the disease and your names.
    Slide 2: What are the risk behaviors for the disease?

    Slide 3: What are the symptoms of your disease?
    Slide 4: What is the recommended treatment for your disease?
    Slide 5: What are prevention tips?
    Slide 6:
    Please include a list of your works cited.
  4. You will present your findings in a 5 slide power point presentation (one slide for each question, including works cited).
  5. Your power point will include appropriate graphics, readability, and all required informtion. 
  6. Each pair will also turn in (2) 3X5 cards with your disease printed at the top and your names and G/P/D at the bottom. 
    Card 1:  List risk behaviors/symptoms of your disease.
    Card 2: List treatments and prevention for your disease.
  7. Students will take notes using the Non-Communicable Disease worksheet during each presentation.
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Crohn's Disease

Crohns - a digestive disease

Frequently Asked Questions - Crohns
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

All About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Bad Gut - Irritable bowel Syndrome


Family Doctor on Asthma

Mayo Clinic

Teen Obesity

Mayo Clinic on Obesity

MedlinePlus on Obesity

Alzheimers and Teens

Mayo Clinic on Alzheimers

MedlinePuls on Alzheimers



Mayo Clinic on Stroke

MedlinePlus on Stroke

All about Stroke
Heart Disease

Heart and Stroke

Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest

Heart Disease 101

Mayo Clinic on Heart Disease

Web MD - Heart Disease

Skin Cancer
skin cancer

Mayo Clinic on Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Information

Skin Cancer PDQ and Treatment  
Lung Cancer
lung cancer

Mayo Clinic on Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Information

Mayo Clinic on Leukemia

Leukemia - pdq - treatment

Kid's - Leukemia
Colon Cancer
colon cancer

Colon Cancer Information

Cancer Topics - pdq -treatment 

Breast Cancer
breast cancer

Cancer Information

Family Doctor

Mayo Clinic on Breast Cancer
Diabetes 1
diabetes 1

Mayo Clinic on Diabetes 1

Family Doctor
Diabetes 2
diabetes 2
Mayo Clinic on Diabetes 2

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes More Info

Mayo Clinic on Lupus

Living with Lupus

Family Doctor

Mayo Clinic on Arthritis

Arthritis Portal

Prevention of Allergies

Teens and Allergies

MedlinePlus on Allergies on Allergies

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Executive Director CDC
Assistant Scientist
Laboratory Technician
Throughly explored all  aspects of the task. Disease and risk behaviors are clearly identified. All symptoms are described explicitly.  Course of treatment throughly stated.  All modes of transmission listed. 
Explored all aspects of the task.  Disease and risk behaviors are identified.  Symptoms are identified.  Course of treatment explained.  Modes of transmission listed.
Partially explored aspects of task  Disease and risk behaviors and symptoms are somewhat  identified.   Some course of treatment  and mode of transmission listed.
Minimally explored aspects of task. Disease and risk behaviorsand treatment is unclear.  Modes of transmission lincomplete.
Powerpoint demonstrates clear understanding of projects instructions. Oral presentation is clear and audible.  Powerpoint demonstrates understanding of projects instructions. Oral presentation is clear and audible.  Powerpoint demonstrates some understanding of projects instructions. Oral presentation is may be unclear and inaudible. Powerpoint demonstrates vague understanding of projects instructions. Oral presentation is  unclear and inaudible. 
On Task
Demonstrates cooperative teamwork.  Uses excellent time-management skills.  Demonstrates cooperative teamwork and time-management skills most of the time Demonstrates some cooperative teamwork and  time-management skills some of the time. Demonstrates cooperative teamwork and  time-management skills rarely.
On Time

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Congratulations to the CDC and their workers!  You have increased awareness within your local community about causes and prevention of non-communicable diseases.  With this knowledge, you will be able to teach community members to identify symptoms of common non-communicable diseases, appropriate treatments and prevention strategies.   Now go out there and spread the word!

To Find out more about how to prevent non-communicable diseases, check out:
Centers for Disease Control
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Teacher Information:

This WebQuest was created as a collaboration between the Technology, Library Media and Health Departments at Taconic Hills Middle School.  The WebQuest was designed by Mrs. Ueland (Computer Technology Teacher, Tech Specialist) with assistance from Mrs. Davis (Library Media Specialist) and Tricia Oates (Library Intern) based upon a lesson plan from Ms. Stewart (Health).

This webquest was meant for middle school and or high school.  You should allot 3-4 days (42 minute periods) to complete this WebQuest.  After ALL students present their powerpoint presentations, students will review for a quiz/test by roleplay.  Students will randomly be given other students' 3x5 cards with treatment/symptoms.  With the information, the pair will roleplay Scientist/Patient.  The rest of the class will try and diagnose the patient.  The upcoming lessonplan will be a quiz on diseases. 

This webquest is based on  nys standards
For more information, e-mail Ms. Stewart.

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Works Cited:

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