10 Medical Breakthroughs in History Reading and Worksheet


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Grades 7 and Up

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Students read about the 10 biggest medical breakthroughs of all time!

Includes both PRINT and GOOGLE options to assign!

In this activity, students will:

  • READ about the 10 medical breakthroughs that saved millions of lives and changed human health forever.
  • ANSWER text-dependent questions – no prior knowledge required!

This resource is the PERFECT science sub plan because:

  • No prior knowledge is required – all of the answers to questions appear in the text.
  • The content is suitable for any upper middle school or high school science course.
  • An answer key is included, so your sub can easily review the correct answers.
  • This activity can be assigned both on paper with the included PDF or directly through Google Classroom. A Google Slides version is included!

Medical Breakthroughs Included:

  1. Vaccines
  2. Anesthesia
  3. Germ Theory
  4. Medical Imaging
  5. Blood Transfusions
  6. Insulin
  7. Antibiotics
  8. Organ Transplants
  9. Stem Cell Therapy
  10. Antivirals

Teacher Notes:

  • The link to the Google Slides version is included in the downloadable PDF.
  • Please note: This resource is NOT editable.
  • Answer key is included.


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