Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s Disease introduces students to this condition that affects certain abilities of the brain. Students will learn some of the characteristics and symptoms associated with AD and identify strategies to use when interacting with people who have the condition. They will also discover some ways to help prevent the disease and maintain brain health.

The “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page lists a number of additional activities you could incorporate into the lesson if you wish. One such suggestion is to have students interview a caretaker or relative of a person who has Alzheimer’s disease as a homework assignment. Another option is to invite an expert in the field to speak with the class about AD.

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What our Alzheimer’s Disease lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Alzheimer’s Disease teaches students about the traits and symptoms of this condition. Students will learn some strategies that would help them interact with people who suffer from this disease. They will learn that this condition is fairly common, and they might have loved ones who one day develop Alzheimer’s.

There are three pages of content in this lesson plan. The first page describes how the brain is still a mystery for scientists, and we don’t fully understand it. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Therefore, it is a disease of the brain, and it is often the cause of dementia. The page finishes by discussing how scientists first discovered this condition.

The next couple pages describe some of the symptoms people often experience. It also lists several activities that people can do with their loved ones who suffer from AD, such as looking at family pictures or taking walks. It also mentions some ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, such as making new connections by staying active mentally and physically. Students will learn that mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise to help avoid developing these kinds of conditions.

TWO POSTERS ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

Students will work with a partner for the activity. They will work together to create two posters. One will be a “compassion poster” that informs people why caring for people with AD is important. The other poster will be a “prevent Alzheimer’s poster” that encourages people to do things that will help keep their brains healthy and active. There are blank squares at the bottom of the worksheet for students to use as scratch paper.

PLAQUES AND TANGLES PRACTICE WORKSHEET

There are two sections on the practice worksheet. The first section requires students to review 24 statements. Students will describe whether the description is a way to help prevent (P) AD, is a symptom (S) of AD, or is an activity (A) to enjoy with someone who has AD. The section section requires students to tell whether each fact relates to plaques (P), tangles (T), or both (B).

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

For the homework assignment, students will first match definitions to the correct terms. There is a total of eight definitions and terms to match in this section. The next part requires students to tell whether each statement is true (T) or false (F). There are 12 statements in this section.

Additional information

grade-level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Science, Video

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3, LB.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4, LB.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.9, LB.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.3, LB.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.4, LB.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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AH
02/25/2021
alana h.
US US

Alzheimers

I loved the lesson and only 1 of the youtube links did not work!

PC
03/18/2020
Paula C.
United States United States

Informative

My son and I both loved this lesson. It was very informative and easy to follow. I’d suggest that all kids do this Science lesson, as it will help them in several ways as they mature.

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11/26/2019
Maureen S.
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Since there's not much out out there for worksheets for class material, I was glad to find this product. I was a good summary and great use of vocabulary. Worked very well for my Health class. There was even an answer key which helped save time.