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Name of Activity:
What is Cholesterol?
Purpose of Activity:To learn many important facts of cholesterol
Suggested Grade Level:9-12
Materials Needed:Students will need access to the library and/or the World Wide Web
Description of Idea
Students are given an assignment to find an article (newspaper, magazine, or World Wide Web) about cholesterol and to write a summary of the article (no more than 1 page in length). Have them bring the article to class. After a brief discussion about cholesterol, each student is asked to go to the board and write ONE fact about cholesterol based on what they read in their articles. Tell the students they are not allowed to write a fact that repeats anything that someone else has already written on the board. This is very challenging.
The board will soon look like a wall filled with cholesterol graffiti. After each class member has written an interesting fact, a discussion of these facts follows. Each student contributes to the discussion by adding to the information that he or she wrote on the board. After this discussion, a handout on the basics about cholesterol can be given as a study sheet.
Include discussion items on the next test or exam.
Write down all they listed on the board, put this list on the test and ask them to choose the 3 words/topics that they think is the most important to know about cholesterol. They they are to explain why.
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