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This Web site is based on a printed publication of the same title. Because middle school teachers receive most of the limited number of printed supplements, this online version was created for people outside the grades 6–8 community.

The supplement consists of five student lessons, which are accessed through the Teacher’s Guide section of the Web site, and the multimedia student activities, accessed through the Web Portion of Student Activities page. The Web-based activities for students are only one part of the curriculum. The lessons provide the framework for both the hands-on classroom activities and the Web-based activities that make up the curriculum.

Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry—developed with the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research—is a creative, inquiry-based instruction program designed to promote active learning and stimulate student interest in medical topics. It aims to help students develop these major science-literacy goals:

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The following Web address takes you directly to the home page of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Science Education, which provides access to a variety of resources for teachers and students, including NIH publications: http://science.education.nih.gov.

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