Diabetes Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about diabetes with this lesson plan. A text lesson guides your student through facts about diabetes which students analyze and discuss before applying understanding to a project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain diabetes
  • describe characteristics of type 1 and 2 diabetes


1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Diabetes Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Access to technology and the internet
  • Poster board
  • Construction paper
  • Stapler
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • Glucose
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to think about what their body needs to be healthy. Break them into partners and have them discuss.
  • Share ideas as a whole class, highlighting exercise and healthy food choices.
  • Introduce the term 'diabetes' and give students five minutes to write everything they know about it.
  • Tell partners to share their answers, then discuss as a whole group.
  • Have students keep their lists near as they read the lesson.

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