Flippables, foldables, 3d models, experiments, research, trans-disciplinary…….all in the name of inquiry based science. This 90 page,6 week, IB PYP unit of inquiry is looking at the human body and how our organs and systems are interdependent, together with how we compare to the systems that give life to other organisms. I designed this with upper elementary and middle school ages in mind. Since I work with the International Baccalaureate, I have planned around the key concepts of form, function and connection.
Lines of Inquiry:
.What are the major systems within our body and what is their purpose?
.How do the organs function and connect within a body system?
.How are human body systems interdependent?
.Compare and contrast human body systems with those of other living creatures.
You will find MULTI-SENSORY LEARNING ACTIVITIES:
Inquiry task cards
Optical illusions for brain work!
Over a dozen interactive notebook activities
Collaborative group work activities
Expository and fictional writing
Reading comprehension with several printable non-fiction articles
3-d model creativity
We cover circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, immune, integumentary, skeletal and muscular systems.
I have included lesson suggestions and examples that I have done with my 5th graders. This unit can easily be adapted for 4th- 7th grades.
If you like this unit of inquiry, you may be interested in my other complete units as well. They include Revolutions, Rainforests, Civics and Citizens, American Revolution, Extreme Weather and Global Warming, Animal Adaptations and Space Exploration. You’ll find them in my stores. For more ideas and FREEBIES all related to inquiry based learning, check out my blog www.coolteachingtools.blogspot.com.
~ Susan Powers