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Reading a Prescription

Key vocabulary associated with the

medication and prescription worksheets

QD, BID, TID, as needed, after meals, at night


The prescription explanation worksheet to print.

Part one of this 

medical lesson plan

  has an introduction to prescription terminology.  There is an 

antibiotic brainstorming activity

for warm-up. Below that there is a list of key vocabulary for students to review and verify meaning before proceeding to the speaking task.

- Do the first 

brain storming task

  in pairs or small groups.

- Have the students verify understanding of prescription shorthand..

- Go over the useful language for explaining a prescription and giving medication directions.

- Proceed to the

speaking task


- This should be done as a

pair work


group discussion

after everyone has practiced reading the prescriptions individually.

- In pairs the students can practice giving these prescriptions to each other.

For additional practice with giving medication, see the 'giving medication' activity in the medical procedures section.

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