Are you teaching about the nature of science? Does your objective say, students will know that science is an endeavor where scientists conduct experiments, communicate, and share results with other members of the scientific community? This article meets this standard. You might even have a great discussion, too! Students are often curious about ADHD, and science class can be a good place to have a practical cause and effect discussion of ADHD.
Each student receives a handout. While I take attendance, each student reads the short article on the August 23, 2016 research from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Each student highlights and follows directions. Those who forgot their highlighter, underline the required information. Ten minutes is generally all students need to complete the initial activity. The write up using paragraph form, takes additional time.
After attendance, review the article with the class, go over the areas that should have been highlighted and crossword answers. If you have a word wall have your students choose three words they want to post on the wall with definitions. Examples include neurobehavioral, rodent, prevalent, manganese, etc.
If you are using my bellwork form, each student enters "Manganese and ADHD Reading Activity" in the daily box, and staples his/her work to the bellwork sheet for collection on Friday.
Last note, this reading activity can dovetails with any current reading effort of your school. Administrators appreciate that a Science teacher is assisting in the effort. You can use it as a pair/share activity. If you want to augment this introduction with notes on elements of the periodic table, environmental issues, or other environmental disorders, its all good! Often students have stories about environmental effects that caused problems in their families, like smoking or mesothelioma. The "Ticket Out the Door" will make your lesson complete.
Please note: Hamza has free clip art, and Discovery Channel has free tools to create a crossword puzzle. Find them on the web.