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Topic: Prevention of urinary tract diseases

Target group

7th grade student of elementary school (new core curriculum).

Core curriculum

8. Urinary system and excretion. Student:

  1. gives examples of urinary tract diseases and the rules of their prevention (infections of the urinary tract, kidney stones),

  2. justifies the need for periodic control urinalysis.

Lesson objectives

Students give examples of urinary tract diseases, discuss the rules of their prevention and justify the need for urinalyses.

The criteria for success

  • you will explain why increased amounts of bacteria and calcium oxalate crystals in urine may be a symptom of urinary tract diseases;

  • you will read out the results of the urinalysis;

  • you will discuss ways to prevent urinary tract diseases.

Key competences

  • communication in the mother tongue;

  • communication in foreign languages;

  • mathematical competence and basis competences in science and technology; 

  • digital competence;

  • learning to learn;

  • social and civic competences.

Methods/forms of work

Mini lecture, working with the text and working with the model.

Individual activity and activity in groups.

Teaching aids:

  • abstract;

  • interactive whiteboard or traditional blackboard;

  • tablets/computers;

  • urinary tract models;

  • cards with urine parameters that may be indicative of the disease;

  • table tents.

Lesson plan overview


1. The teacher specifies the subject, the lesson objectives in a language the student understands, and the criteria for success.

2. Students who,during the classes about the urinary tract, volunteered to do the homework, present their models:

  • they explain how the everyday objects used by them illustrate particular organs (referring to their functions);

  • they demonstrate the functioning of the model;

  • they compare the composition of model “blood” and „urine”.

3. Students watching the presentation should grade it according to the following criteria:

  • the student correctly uses the names of organs and processes;

  • the model correctly illustrates the structure of the urinary tract;

  • the model separates the “blood” components.


  1. The nurse (or doctor) invited to the lesson demonstrates an urine specimen cup and explains
    how to collect and store samples of urine.

  2. Volunteers or students selected by the teacher read the “Urinalysis results”: they check whether the values are within normal limits and what the abbreviations and symbols mean (e.g. neg.<25 mg/dl or norm. < 15mg/dl).

  3. The nurse indicates the selected properties of the urine and the potential causes for exceeding the norm set for them. The nurse draws attention to the possibility of occurrence of bacteria
    and calcium oxalate crystals in the sample.

  4. The teacher divides the students into groups. Each student in the group draws a card with one or two parameters of urine that may indicate a disease. The students diagnose the causes of the irregularities together.

  5. Students read an abstract entitled “Prevention of urinary tract diseases”.
    Then, in groups, they discuss the rules of prevention of urinary tract diseases, explain why particular recommendations reduce the risk of occurrence of urinary tract abnormalities.

  6. Working in groups, the students perform two tasks:

  • Task 1: Explain how the following listed activities may affect the condition of the kidneys and the urinary tract:

  1. swimming in a public swimming pool;

  2. eating large quantities of salty food;

  3. wandering in the heat without replenishing fluids.

  • Task 2: Explain how the bacteria responsible for pharyngitis can enter the urinary tract and cause an infection.

Students work until all of them raise green table tents when asked by the teacher whether they are able to perform the tasks.


  1. The students write down the answers in their notebooks. The teacher collects several notebooks to assess the correctness of performance of the tasks.

  2. The teacher asks the students why urine should be tested once a year.

  3. Students do interactive exercise no. 1.


Explain how the bacteria responsible for pharyngitis can get into the urinary tract and cause an infection there.


The following terms and recordings will be used during this lesson


Nagranie dźwiękowe słówka

dializa – zabieg oczyszczania krwi, podczas którego krew pacjenta z niewydolnością nerek jest przepuszczana przez dializator (sztuczną nerkę) i oczyszczana ze wszystkich zbędnych oraz szkodliwych produktów przemiany materii

Nagranie dźwiękowe słówka

dializator – sztuczna nerka; urządzenie, które oczyszcza krew z produktów przemiany materii u chorych cierpiących na niewydolność nerek

Texts and recordings

Nagranie dźwiękowe abstraktu

Prevention of urinary tract diseases

Urinalysis is one of the basic non‑invasive diagnostic examinations. It provides important information on the state of human health and enables the detection of many diseases. The analysed main parameters of urine include:

  • daily excretion of urine – decreased excretion may have many causes, e.g. small amounts of consumed liquids, fever, diarrhoea; increased excretion of urine may occur in case of consumption of large amounts of fluids, diuretics, high protein diet or kidney failure;

  • colour – the change in colour occurs, for example, due to the influence of dyes contained in food (e.g. in beetroot) and in the course of liver diseases;

  • reaction – the correct reaction is between 4.5 -7.5 pH; less than 4.5 pH for a diet containing a lot of protein and more than 7.5 pH for a diet consisting of products of plant origin; incorrect reactions values may also indicate bacterial infection or the presence of kidney stones.

The urine of a healthy person should not contain:

  • bacteria – only a trace amount is allowed; larger amounts may be a sign of a bacterial infection, incorrect sampling of urine or incorrect storage of urine;

  • glucose – its presence in urine may indicate the inability of the kidneys to recover sugar from primary urine or an increased level of blood sugar (diabetes);

  • red blood cells – appear in urine in the event of kidney damage, urethritis or inflammation of other discharge organs;

  • proteins – their presence may be caused by a great physical effort, fever or a renal corpuscles damage.

Bacterial infections of the urinary tract (nephritis, cystitis and urethritis) can result from chronic untreated pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis and teeth infection. Poor hygiene habits are conducive to faecal bacteria‑induced urethritis and cystitis. They are more common among women than men because their urethra is shorter and close to the anus. On the other hand, men are more likely to suffer from kidney stones. In the kidneys formed are different‑size urinary calculi, insoluble salt deposits, which block the urinary tract and cause severe pain when moving towards the urinary bladder. The treatment consists in their removal. The calculi may be crushed with ultrasound and excreted with urine.

In case of permanent kidney damage, urea, excess water and mineral salts as well as harmful excretory products accumulate in the blood, which leads to poisoning of the organism. It is then necessary to cleanse the organism with a procedure called dialysis. It consists in circulating the patient’s blood through a dialyser (artificial kidney), which replaces the nephrone. The procedure lasts from 4 to 8 hours and must be repeated 2‑3 times a week.

To prevent bacterial infections of the urinary tract, it is necessary to:

  • take care of daily hygiene and frequently change underwear; this reduces the risk of bacteria penetrating the urinary tract;

  • wear loose, breathable underwear to prevent abrasions and reduce the risk of infection;

  • protect the body, especially the kidneys, from cooling, which prevents the loss of immunity;

  • in the event of pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, cure the disease and eliminate the source of bacteria;

  • ensure that the bladder is emptied regularly; this prevents the accumulation and growth of bacteria in the bladder.

The proper functioning of the urinary tract is also influenced by a diet. It is necessary to limit the intake of salt, products containing a lot of oxalates (sorrel, rhubarb) and calcium, which is very dangerous for people with chronic kidney disease. These compounds impede the reabsorption of water and promote the formation of deposits and stones. It is important to drink 2‑2.5 litres of liquid a day. In this way, deposits of mineral salts and bacteria are washed away. Water shortages lead to the production of dense urine and can cause kidney damage.

  • Urinalysis is one of the basic diagnostic examinations;

  • Kidney disease may lead to poisoning of the organism and death.

  • Blood of the patient suffering from chronic kidney disease is dialysed.

  • Factors causing kidney diseases include, among others, pathogenic micro‑organisms and a poor diet.