Estimated Lesson Duration:

Three – 15-25 minute lessons


Students will develop a question and hypothesis based on their interpretation of one of the Let’s Get Healthy! graphs. Then they will design a hypothetical experiment to test their hypothesis. Following this, students will share their experiments and discuss the ethical implications of each. Once the ethical issues have been identified, students working in a small groups will chose one experiment and design an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to further explore and resolve ethical implications.


Key Concepts and Standards:

Key Concepts: Question, hypothesis, interpretation, institutional Review Board, ethics, human research, data

Standards: Download the briefing sheet about how this lesson meets standards:

Standards list – Science Inquiry Using Humans (.docx)

The standards listed were identified using key concepts from each individual lesson. These key concepts were aligned with the specific Oregon State Standards, Common Core Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards that apply specifically to each individual lesson.

Teachers may consult the Oregon Department of Education’s website for additional terms related to each lesson.


Preparations/ Materials

• Let’s Get Healthy! graphs

• Science Inquiry Booklets

• (Optional) Steve Lent’s IRB PowerPoint –

• (Optional) Steve Lent’s – Responsible Research Lesson Using Mock Review Boards


Downloadable Lesson and Supporting Materials

Full Lesson Plan


Teacher Resources

Supporting Presentations