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Grade 8 : Cells and Body Systems

Instructional Design: Adriana Bryenton and Caroline Ericksen

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
• Describe body systems for respiration, circulation, digestion, excretion and sensory awareness
• describe how blood is circulated throughout the body to carry oxygen and nutrients to the body’s various tissues and organs.
• healthy functioning

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

General Outcomes:
• Understand how systems are important on their own and interrelated.
• How the body systems work.
• What makes healthy functioning systems.
• How blood /fluid/digested food flow through a system.
• How and why cite references when researching.

Essential Questions:
• How does the human body works?
• How can I stay healthy?

Students will know:
• Vocabulary of different systems.
• General awareness from reading from text as a class.

Students will be able to:
• Show visually and through writing the function of a system (as a whole the class, will cover all the systems)

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
Students must prepare an oral presentation for their peers, supported by a Power Point presentation on a body system. The students will have at least one visual representation of their system with answers to each of the questions included in work description.  
This power point presentation must be a minimum of 6 slides to a maximum of 10 slides.

See work description below

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
• Some students can add additional pictures, animation, and sound.
• Students who have time can write questions to be filled out by audience.

Self Assessment
• Students will have a rubric available to fulfil outcomes.

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Human Systems-Sc 8  Planning
        Lab period 1: Introduction to Inspiration
Rapid Fire
Add notes
Add graphics

        Lab period 2: Finish research with Inspiration, add notes
Have students download at least one picture. Use Google-Image to find pictures.
Have them record the source.
Have them build a webography and bibliography

        Lab period 3: Introduction to PP
Show example
New slide
Text box
View all slides

        Lab period 4: Students continue working on presentation
If not done previously, show animation
Add picture

        Lab period 5: Students finish their presentation.

        Lan period 6: Students start presenting
Others could answer the prepared questions by the presenter,  and/or have them evaluate the presentation using the rubric

        Miscellaneous Thoughts
Students may need extra periods to work on their research and perhaps on finishing their presentation.

Key Design Elements

How will students know where they are going, why they are headed there, and how they will be evaluated?

They will have a rubric and assignment will be given to them.

How will you hook the students at the beginning of the unit?

Using the computer to visually display info with graphics.

What will help students experience the big idea of this unit?  How will you equip them with the needed skills and knowledge?

Reading and discussing text as a class.  We will teach them the power point skills required.

How will you get students to reflect and rethink?  How will you guide them in rehearsing, revising, and  refining their work?

Giving feedback on their project.  Referring to their rubric.

How will students exhibit and self-evaluate their growing skills, knowledge and understanding?

Using their rubric and fulfilling the requirements.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)

Click to download


Click to download Rubric RubricBodySystem.jpg

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Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent a sample of a strong, medium and weak project.  Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need Kidspiration or Inspiration 7.x installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 17 August,2005