Monday, August 17, 2015

Human Body Systems {Science Ready to Teach}

If you are like me {confessions} you have not spent a lot of time over the summer thinking about how you will teach science. To tell the truth, this year I'm teaching math for 4th and 5th graders and won't be responsible for science--but if I were, it'd be the last thing on my list to think about and now summer is over, and I'd have ran out of time!

I will admit that science is my weakness as a teacher, but that has meant that I've had to learn the information myself and then figure out how to communicate it to students. A few years ago, our standards changed and Human Body Systems became part of our science curriculum.

I created a Human Body Systems Research booklet where students access different resources (some to begin with listed and linked in the download) to complete research pages on each of six body systems required by NC Standards (digestive system, circulatory system, nervous system, respiratory system, muscular system, skeletal system).

Students complete graphic organizers and focus on the form and function of the different parts of each system. They research ways to keep the body systems healthy and some diseases and ailments that may affect that body system. The graphic organizers stay fairly consistent so that students can focus on researching and recording info rather than answering a ton of different questions.

And this summer, I finally made an answer key for Human Body Systems! I got to spend time researching all of the body systems again to complete my own encyclopedia! I know teachers will appreciate this in the future as you are helping students with their research so it was totally worth it to get an answer key included in this resource!

I've posted lots of links to help you get started with a human body systems unit. When I taught this unit, I did a demonstration or hands-on activity for each of the body systems during science while students completed their research for each system during our writing block. The links to activities are also included in the teacher information pages in the product download.

Print-and-go has really become a teacher-resource buzz word, but I truly think this one is ready to print and teach! Get a few hands-on science materials together--like a fun-noodle to represent the spine, and you are well on your way to making science fun, and engaging while also helping students access content through research!

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