Respiratory and Excretory / Urinary Systems
Engage your students in this two day long lesson which includes PowerPoint presentation, student notes, “Don’t Hold Your Breath” lab, and student friendly diagrams for labeling. These condensed system notes are designed in a straightforward and simplistic manner to allow for elaboration, question and answer period, and extension where desired. Notes are organized and easy to understand. Students listen to lecture, watch the engaging PowerPoint (which includes blue hyperlinks to cool websites, bell work/sponges with animated answers, animated slides that have simple artwork to help solidify difficult concepts), and instead of writing tedious notes, they fill in the blanks of key words for each system. The notes then lead into engaging labs and projects for the Respirator and Excretory systems. Students will learn about the structure and function of the organs of the Respiratory and Urinary systems. They will make the connection between the need for oxygen and Cellular Respiration within cells. Students will then use the “Don’t Hold Your Breath” lab to determine their lung capacity using balloons and rulers and will get them thinking about how environmental and genetic factors can affect the amount of air the lungs can hold.
This unit is a great representation of the kind of lessons and powerpoints you will find in our Human Body Bundled Unit
which includes all systems listed below plus a final assessment that aligns with the labs included throughout the unit;
1. Human Body Intro – An Insider’s Look
2. Integumentary System
3. Muscular System
4. Skeletal System
5. Digestive System
6. Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
7. Nervous System
8. Respiratory and Excretory Systems
9. Reproductive and Endocrine Systems
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All of our materials are designed for implementation within a middle school setting but can easily be adapted for remedial high school biology or higher level elementary life science with scaffolding and substantial teacher facilitation.
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