CPD Workshops

Diseases #2

by Fellowship Agency February 18, 2019

This activity was created as part of a Gratnells What’s In My Tray CPD workshop for secondary science teachers and technicians to support practical work and delivery of the curriculum. It can be carried out as a stand-alone activity for students or combined with other activities from the session to form a STEM carousel.

You will need (per team of 4):

  • 1 x Shallow Gratnells (F1) tray with lid
  • 1 x Gratnells art tray to work in
  • Laminated disease pathway cards
  • Paper and pen/pencil

This activity also works for individuals or smaller teams, just increase the amount of time allocated to complete it. Once prepared, this activity can be repeated multiple times, reusing the same equipment for each team.


  • To make the laminated disease pathway cards, print out one copy of the disease pathway cards, cut out each individual text and picture card, laminate and cut out again.
  • Mix up the finished cards, place into the shallow Gratnells (F1) tray and put the lid on.
  • Put the shallow tray into the art tray and place everything on a table.

What to do:

  • Approach the tray and lift the lid.
  • Working in the large art tray, recreate seven disease pathways in the following order. There are six cards per pathway.

  • Once you are confident you have the correct order:
  1. Take a photograph to evidence your work.
  2. Write down the letter or number found on each card in the same order on the answer grid provided. Start with the letter on the photograph or image.

Disease pathways – example answer grid

(A to G represents the five image cards and the empty boxes are for inserting the letters found on the corners of the pathway cards)

Tidy up time:

  • Put all laminated cards back into the shallow tray, mix them up and replace the lid.

When all participants/teams have completed the activity, swap answers with the next team and mark the answers. The activity leader will put the list of correct answers up on the screen/board and call them out.


A, 2, K, N, R, Y             – Influenza

B, H, 17, 5, 12, 9           – Pinworm

C, Y, W, 6, 15, 10          – Potato Blight

D, J, 14, L, Z, S             – Cystic Fibrosis

E, 18, Q, M, P, X           – Diabetes mellitus type 2

F, 3, V, 11, 7, U             – Chicken pox

G, 4, 13, T, 8, 16           – Rabies

Other things to try:

  • Have a go at our original diseases activity, which covers Malaria, Obesity, Ebola, HIV and Tuberculosis.
  • Research other diseases and create your own pathway cards, you could diversify into plant diseases such as Bleeding Canker or Horse Chestnut Leaf Blotch, look at animal diseases such as Bird Flu or Foot and Mouth, explore inherited human conditions such as Sickle Cell Anaemia or Huntington’s Disease or those caused by parasites such as Elephantiasis or Toxoplasmosis. If you would like a copy of our template to help with creating your own cards just get in touch and we would be happy to share it with you.
  • Share the photographs of your own creations and completed disease pathways on social media using #WhatsInMyTray.

Health & Safety

As with all Gratnells Learning Rooms What’s In My Tray Activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any of the activities or demonstrations.