• CCB Science pages 36 - 45



  • Identify common diseases and their causes

  • Discuss the types of nutrients used by the body

  • Relate different types of drugs to their effects on the body

Key Concept

  • To promote wellness and avoid common diseases, it is important to maintain a well-balanced diet and avoid any substances that change the normal functioning of the body.


Tier 2 drug
well-balanced diet
Tier 3 antibiotic
Test Words acquire

Evidence-Based Reading

  • Clarify Meaning: Tell students that charts and tables hold information in an organized way and help to clarify the meaning of the text. Have students look at the chart at the top of page 37. Tell students to look at the heading of each row and column to determine the content of the chart, and explain how to locate information on the chart using the headings.

21st Century Skill

  • Flexibility and Adaptability: Before reading the text, direct students’ attention to the My diagram. Explain that an online image search will lead you to earlier nutritional models promoted by the USDA. Choose one or more of these models to share with students, and ask them to explain why such models change. Help students understand that such changes reflect flexibility and adaptability in scientific thinking. As technologies change and scientists have access to more information, they revise existing models.

Writing Topic

  • Note Taking:** Disease / Condition, What is it?, Symptoms, Cause / Effects, Treatment

Writing Practice

  • Remind students to write down their notes about the main idea and the supporting details before attempting to write their summary.

Before Lesson

Determine students’ readiness for learning about health and disease by asking them to briefly describe health-related stories that they have recently seen in the media. Ask students what stories have been the most interesting to them and which ones have been most relevant to their life or to the lives of their family members. Tell students that the public must be skeptical when hearing popular health-related news, and remind them that they must use their critical thinking skills before accepting every news story at face value.


Ask a student volunteer to read the two paragraphs following the - title: Key Concept. Ask students to describe the ways in which the roles played by gasoline (in a car) and food (in the body) are similar. Introduce the term wellness and ask students how many of them have heard this term. Point out that the current emphasis on maintaining wellness places a greater emphasis on one’s personal responsibility to choose actions that will maintain one’s health, just as a car’s owner takes responsibility for maintaining his or her automobile.

Guided Practice

  • Health and Disease
  • Compare Multimedia Sources
  • Workplace Connection
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • A Balanced Diet
  • Drugs
  • Inventing New Drugs

Core Skill

Evaluate Conclusions: Have students read aloud the first two paragraphs. Ask students to point out the factors in each paragraph that are known to increase the risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Remind students that clinical evidence supports the conclusions about the dangers of these factors.

Compare and Contrast Multimedia Sources: Have students look for a media item aimed at children and ask them to analyze and evaluate its educational effectiveness. Ask them to identify who created the item and describe its purpose. Challenge students to describe how a story written by a company selling health-related products might differ from a story in a newspaper.


Extend Language: Discuss and define additional common words associated with health and disease with which students might not be familiar. Ask students to identify words from the lesson that are unfamiliar and help them to understand their definitions.

Collect and Display Nutrition: Information Invite students to collect and display nutrient labels from a variety of snack-food packages. Ask students to create posters classifying the foods as high or low in food value and to assess the overall nutrient content of each food. When finished, encourage students to share their completed posters with the class.

Lesson Review