Science Inquiry: Human Body Systems

Well, my 5th grade and I began by getting the giggles out of the way every time the word “anus” came up and, by way of a whole class chant of the said word about 10 times, ( just as a 1st grade class were passing by, of course!) we managed to get past (most) of the snickering. Whatever it takes!

Our current theme, Who We Are, is inquiring into how human body systems function and how they are interdependent.
Part of inquiry based science is allowing the children the opportunity to actually inquire. We can give them stages of knowledge to build their background and then, using this together with repetitvley modeling thinking strategies, the children begin to understand what it means to actually inquire. The rigor with this type of learning is often times, naturally occurring. It can of course be facilitated and differentiated by the class teacher.

Breathe In, Breathe Out!

After we explored the function of the  diaphragm, the children were left to find out how it fits into the respiratorry system by  creating their own 3 dimensional models. The matter of whether the model could actually work was left to the groups to decide independently, thus developing the IB attirutde of independece too. ( several birds with 1 stone )

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2 Replies to “Science Inquiry: Human Body Systems”

  1. Hi Jabbie, Thanks for reaching out. The English was covered with inferring skills and vocabulary work. There was a lot of informational text, close reading, research and expository writing as well as personal narrative from the point of view of a body part (!) and that was both fun and the results were funny. Speaking and listening included drama activities and a lot of communication with collaborative projects such as building the model of the digestive system. Dialogue was included too. Math has such things as counting and recording pulse before and after exercise, graphing and also body temperature. We also recorded the results of the optical illusions test and put those into various types of graphs: line, scatter, bar and pie charts. I hope that helps somewhat. Please do let me know if you have other questions. This was SUCH a fun unit and kept us going for the entire 6 weeks! Enjoy!
    Susan

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