Tuberculosis in Saranac Lake
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Grade: 4th Grade
Class: Science/ Social Studies
Author: Suzanne Brosseau
Saranac Lake
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry and Design
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Social Studies:
History of the United States and New York
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human HistoryHealth, Recreation & Life Skills
Performance Indicators:

 Elementary Scientific Inquiry

3. The observations made while testing proposed explanations, when analyzed using conventional and invented methods, provide new insights into phenomena.




  • organize observations and measurements of objects and events through classification and the preparation of simple charts and tables.
  • interpret organized observations and measurements, recognizing simple patterns, sequences, and relationships.
  • share their findings with others and actively seek their interpretations and ideas.
  • adjust their explanations and understandings of objects and events based on their findings and new ideas.

 Social Studies

2. Important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions from New York State and United States history illustrate the connections and interactions of people and events across time and from a variety of perspectives.




  • gather and organize information about the traditions transmitted by various groups living in their neighborhood and community
  • recognize how traditions and practices were passed from one generation to the next
  • distinguish between near and distant past and interpret simple timelines.
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What can the story of E.L. Trudeau teach us today about science?

Compile research from website, books

Day 1: Introduce history of Saranac Lake.  How old is Saranac Lake?  Show timeline on  Also read from Health Heroes (book found at HSL museum) parts of pgs 6 -9 (Trudeau's first experience with tuberculosis)  Show illustration of E.L.Trudeau, house, office.

Day 2:  Group students into  groups of 4-5 students.  Discuss RABBIT EXPERIMENT, from Health Heroes pgs 21 - 22.  Discuss what this experiment meant for Saranac Lake.  Pass out project questions to groups.

Day 3:  Mini-lesson on TB disease.  Refer to HSL wikispot.  Start research for poster.

Day 4: Mini-lesson on nurses and their role in curing TB.  Read from Portrait of Healing "The Story of Lilo pg. 41

Day 5: Mini-lesson on the doctor's role in curing TB, refer to HSL wikispot, continue research.

Day 6: Mini-lesson on what life was like for a patient curing from TB.  Read memoirs, letters.  Show pictures of people curing. Continue research.

Day 7: Present posters

The Challenge:

Make a group poster in which all groups will present their research of a particular challenge question to the rest of the class.  At the bottom of their poster they will answer the overarching challenge question.

Each group will answer one of the following challenge questions:

1.  Who was E.L. Trudeau?

2.  What was the "Saranac Laboratory" for the study of tuberculosis?

3.  What is tuberculosis?

4.  What is Trudeau Institute? 


smartboard to project wiki website, internet, Portrait of Healing text, Health Heroes pamphlet 

Quality Standards:

Answers all questions on research outline.

Add at least 2 photos/illustrations with captions to explain photo.  It must be organized and legible. 

As a group you will present your poster to the rest of the class.

Bottom of the poster answer the question, how can the story of E.L. Trudeau teach us today about science..

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

As a group complete outline research questions.


Two photos that connect the information you researched.


Combine photos with research, put into complete sentences to be organized on your group poster.


As a group present orally your research question/poster to the class.


Work as a group having all members participate.

Bottom of the poster answer the challenge question.


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