Estimated Lesson Duration:

90 minutes


Students will use their powers of observation to analyze data from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The data will be in the form of maps and tables. Students learn to interpret maps to discover the rate of change of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.  They can play the role of detective to detect similar trends among health issues.


Key Concepts and Standards:

 Key Concepts: Analyze, data, center for disease control, map, inferences, thesis


  • OR.SS.8.27     Examine the various characteristics, causes, and effects of an event, issue, or problem.
  • OR.SS.8.28     Investigate a response or solution to an issue or problem and support or oppose, using research.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7  Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.4  Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • National Science and Education Standards (Grades 5-8)
    • Science as Inquiry – Content Standard A
    • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives – Content Standard F: PERSONAL HEALTH
    • History and Nature of Science – Content Standard G
    • National Health Education Standards (NHES) Grades 6-8
      • 8.1 Analyze the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
      • 1.8.6 Explain how appropriate health care can promote personal health.
      • 1.8.7 Describe the benefits of and barriers to practicing healthy behaviors.
      • 1.8.8 Examine the likelihood of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
      • 1.8.9 Examine the potential seriousness of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
      7 – Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
      • 7.8.1 Explain the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health behaviors.
      • 7.8.2 Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others.
      • 7.8.3 Demonstrate behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks to self and others.
      Standards for the English Language Arts
      • Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
      • Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
      • Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
      • Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish


Preparations/ Materials

• Small Group task cards: 1 task card per student
• Analyzing Maps and Titles Recording Worksheet: 1 per student


Downloadable Lesson and Supporting Materials

Lesson Plans

  • (.docx) and (.pdf)
  • Accompanying presentation (.pptx) and (.pdf), containing:
    • Map 1A: Heart Disease Rate, 2000-2006, Adults ages 35+, by county
    • Map 1B: Heart Disease Rate, 2000-2006, Adults ages 65+, by county
    • Map 1990: Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adult
    • Map 1995: Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adult
    • Map 2000: Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adult
    • Map 2005: Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adult
    • Map 2010: Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adult
    • Map 2A: Stroke Death Rates, 2000-2006, Adults Ages 35+, by county
    • Map 2B: Diagnosed Diabetes, 2007 Adults aged > 20 years, by county
    • Tables:
      • Table 1: States with the Highest Rates of Physical Inactivity in Adults
      • Table 2: States with the Lowest Rates of Physical Inactivity in Adults