( Warm Up)
1. Place a small amount of M & Ms in Dixie cups (one for each student);
leave the red M & Ms out of a few of the Dixie cups.
At the beginning of the class have each student pick
a cup of M & Ms
off of the table as they walk into the room at the beginning of the period.
Announce to the class that they are taking part in
a scientific study. Do not answer any questions about
Tell the students that they should record the amount
and color of the M & Ms
that they have.
After they have finished recording their M & Ms
tell the students that they may now eat them.
After the students have finished eating the M & Ms:
Ask, how many of you ate one or more RED M & Ms?
b. Tell the students who’ve raise their hands - you
have just participated in a study to determine the side
effects of red dye on humans.
Have a discussion where students share their reactions
announcement. Could this happen in real life? Why or why not?
Have student meet in groups of 2 – 3 to brainstorm
the following questions:
1. What is a clinical trial?
Why participate in a clinical trial?
What are the benefits and risks of participating in a
Where do the ideas for trials come from?
a class discussion where students share their answers
Use the information from the website: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/info/resources to lead the discussion and provide feedback to the
Ask students: Why should we be interested in clinical trials? How might clinical
trials relate to government?
Pass out the survey on clinical trials and have students
bring the completed surveys to class the
Use the sample survey or create your own using the website: http://clinicaltrials.gov/
Check the following medical conditions below that
you or someone you know has
Allergies __ Acne __ Common Cold __ Rheumatoid
__ Osteoarthritis __ Hepatitis __ Diabetes __
__ Lupus __ Melanoma __ Anemia __ Leukemia
__ Lymphoma __ Hay Fever __ Hearing Loss __ Heart
__ Gum Disease __ Mumps __ Cancer __ AIDs
__ Alzheimer’s __ Parkinson’s
The medical conditions listed above are a few of
many clinical trials that are currently
being done in the United States. In a paragraph
the significance of clinical trials on health
care in America and the role you believe the government
should have (if any). Be prepared to defend your
position in class.