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It’s My Body

Students will create a multimedia report about the systems of the human body.

Application: Share™

It's My Body

Task

The local museum has selected your class to create an interactive student exhibit where students can come and learn about each part of the human body, including the nervous system, respiratory system, circulatory system, and digestive system. Your team’s task is to create a web site to inform other students about the importance and function of one of these body systems.

Engage

Ask students how many of them have a bike. Ask students to name the parts of the bike, such as handlebars, seat, and wheels. Record students’ answers on chart paper. Ask students to think about how the parts of a bike work together to help you create movement. For example, if one part of the bike is not working, is it still possible that bike will work? Will the bike work as efficiently? Continue to write students’ responses on chart paper.

Ask students whether the bike would still work properly if they didn’t treat it properly. Discuss with students that each part of the bicycle plays an important function in making the bike work as a whole.

Ask students to think about how the organs in a body system, such as the digestive system, work together. Hold up an apple and take a bite. Ask students what body system you are using to eat the apple. Record students’ answers on chart paper. Ask students how each part of the digestive system works together to help digest the apple.

Ask students how the bicycle system is analogous to the digestive system in the human body.

Divide students into small groups and assign each group one of the six body systems:

  1. Digestive
  2. Circulatory
  3. Respiratory
  4. Skeletal
  5. Muscular
  6. Nervous System

The group can use online and print resources to answer the following questions about its body system.

  1. What is the name of your body system?
  2. Where is the system located?
  3. What is the role of the system?
  4. What organs make up this body system?
  5. What are the main functions of this human body system?
  6. What is each organ’s function in the body system?
  7. How do the organs perform these functions?

Create

Have students work together to create a diagram of their body system using the drawing tools in Share. The diagram, or illustration, should include major organs, correct terminology in the labeling, and a brief text description of how each part contributes to the system’s role in the human body.

Students should use the information from their research and their diagrams to help them create a web site about the body system.

You might suggest that their web site include:

Share

Invite community members, parents, and students to a Human Body Open House. During this open house, various student groups will present their projects on the human body and answer questions from the audience about their projects. The presentation should include a detailed explanation of the human body system, as well as why taking care of the system is important for good health.

Itís My Body Sample

Assessment

Assess your students’ prior knowledge based on the introductory bike activity as well as their class participation. You will be able to assess their research abilities and knowledge through their research questions, and you can evaluate comprehension using the diagram they create of the body system. Their web site will help you evaluate writing skills, creativity, and design skills. You will also be able to assess their problem-solving, team work, planning, and time management skills as each team works through the process.

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Resources

Cole, Joanna and Degan, Bruce. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body. ISBN: 0590726331

Weiner, Esther. The Incredible Human Body. ISBN: 0590599283

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Standards

Common Core Anchor Standards for English Language Arts - Grade 4-5

Writing Standards

Production and Distribution of Writing

4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Language Standards

Conventions of Standard English

1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Knowledge of Language

3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

ISTE: NETS for Students

1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

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