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Grade 8: Science: Body Systems

Instructional Design: Pat Mahoney

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
• Examine the structure of systems in human beings and explore how they interact to perform the functions of living organisms.
• Interpret the healthy function of human body systems and illustrate ways the body reacts to internal and external stimuli.
• Describe areas of scientific investigation leading to knowledge about body systems and new medical applications

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.

Enduring Understandings:
Students develop their understanding that components of living systems work together.  That healthy organisms, including humans, function as a balanced system within a life supporting environment.  To ensure our good health we must make good choices.

Essential Questions:
•How do the major systems in the human body keep us alive?
•How do these systems work together?
•What are the diseases of the system and/or its organs?
•How does our lifestyle affect our health?

Students will know and be able to:
•Describe human body systems.(Nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory,excretory etc.)
•Identify and describe the role of individual organs in supporting the health of human body.
•Describe changes in body functions and system health in response to changing conditions.
•Identify examples of research into functions and dysfunctions of human cells, organs or body systems.
•Describe ways in which research about cells, organs and systems has brought about improvements in human health and nutrition.
•Investigate and describe factors that affect the healthy function of the human systems.
•Describe the relationship between our lifestyle choices, our decisions and our physical health.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
•Create a Power point presentation analyzing one human body system.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
•Use inspiration as a planning tool for the Power Point presentation.
•Complete text based questions, worksheets and quiz.
•Answer group designed questions for each body system presented in class.

Self Assessment
•Self assessment questionnaire on group dynamics and individual performance.

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
1.  Review group assignments, Project outline, expectations and scoring rubrics.
2.  Group division of tasks, responsibilities and timelines.
3.  Introduction to Inspiration as a planning and research tool. Introduction to Inspiration
(Font, Rapid Fire, Link, Outline, Arrange, Add notes, Add graphics)
4.  Computer lab time for research and information collection.
5.  Film study of CAMS video on human body system.
Lab period 1: Continue research with Inspiration, add notes. Have students download at least one picture. Use suggested websites or Google-Image to find pictures.
Have them record the source. Have them build a webography and bibliography
Lab period 2: Continue research and picture gathering. Remember to keep track of sources.
Lab period 3: Finish research and picture gathering.
Lab period 4: Introduction to PP
Show example.  Class presentation using the power point show as visual aid.
Creating new slides
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Lab period 5: Students continue working on presentation
If not done previously, show animation
Add picture and Add notes (print notes)
Lab period 6: Students finish their presentation.
Lab period 7: Students prepare 3 questions for their peers (with answers provided). They rehearse their presentation.
Students may need extra periods to work on their research and perhaps on finishing their presentation.
6.  Class presentation using the power point show as visual aid. Others could answer the prepared questions by the presenter, and/or have them evaluate the presentation using the rubric

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 Rubric RubricPowerPointPres.pdf
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Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need PowerPoint installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 31 July,2005