This absorption and excretion unit is designed to be everything you need to teach the digestive system, nutrition and metabolism, and the urinary system as a unit in a high school Human Anatomy and Physiology course. This product includes PowerPoint notes (with corresponding lecture videos), a packet of student handouts for all activities, labs, and projects, and summative assessments including 1 quiz and 1 unit test. The teacher implementation notes provide suggestions for differentiating the unit for CP (college prep, or on-grade level) classes and Honors (advanced) classes. The unit test is provided in both CP and Honors versions. The student packet also comes in a paperless digital version that can be used in Google Drive™ and/or Microsoft OneDrive™. This is perfect for the teacher who is in a 1:1 classroom or for someone who is hoping to integrate more educational technology to move towards becoming a paperless classroom. Because it is all-inclusive, it is especially useful for new teachers, maternity leave, and flipped classrooms!
Note: This is Unit 5 in my Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum Full Year Bundle. You can buy this unit for 20% off if you purchase as a part of my full year bundle.
What content is covered in this unit?
What Next Generation Science Standards* are covered?
When writing each of my A&P units, I tried to incorporate as many different states’ A&P standards as possible, while most importantly keeping the content within the scope of the NGSS style. While NGSS doesn’t have specific standards for Anatomy and Physiology, there are many DCI’s, science & engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts that align with my A&P curriculum, such as:
: If you aren’t sure how your state standards compare to the NGSS, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a PDF or link to your state standards and I will be happy to review them for you prior to you making a purchase!
What prior knowledge is necessary for students to have before using this unit?
This is the fifth unit I teach in Anatomy and Physiology, so I would expect students to have prior knowledge on topics covered in my Intro. to Anatomy unit (including anatomical terminology, an introduction to histology, homeostasis and feedback mechanisms, and key topics reviewed from biology), my Support and Motion unit (including skeletal system, movement, and muscular system), my Control and Coordination unit (including the nervous system, senses, and endocrine system), and my Transport unit (including blood, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system.) A&P is traditionally an upperclassmen science course, so I would expect all of my students using this curriculum to have previously taken a course in Biology a course in Chemistry. If that is NOT the case for your students, keep that in mind as you move forward with this unit (or any of my other A&P units!) as you may need to provide further support for them to be successful with the content.
What is included?
I strongly encourage you to download the preview for this product. It is 20 pages and will give you the best idea of what all is included. In short:
How many class periods will it take to teach this unit in its entirety?
This unit covers 21 50-minute class periods 11 90-minute block class periods. However, if you don't have that much time available, students can do the Children's Book Project at home, rather than in class, to save 2 days. You can also cut out some of the activities or use the YouTube lecture videos that come with the unit to implement a flipped classroom style.
What is so great about the digital student packet that is included?
What types of files are included?
When you download this product you will receive a zip file with 5 folders of files. Most of the documents in this product are secured PDFs, meaning you can print them but not copy/paste or edit the text. The paperless digital student packet will be accessed via a Google Drive™ link in a PDF file that students can type into but not change the essential content of.
Editable versions (Word docs) are only included for the unit plans, quiz, tests, and some aspects of the activities for you to customize for your classroom. The PowerPoint lecture notes also have editable text. This is to protect the copyright and intellectual property of my own work, plus the work of many dedicated clip artists and photographers whose graphics I purchased for commercial use to be included in this product. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email me with them prior to purchasing!
Why use a “packet” instead of an interactive notebook?
I started creating packets for my students over six years ago, and I love them so much more than interactive notebooks. While interactive notebooks are great resources that work for many teachers, I have found the packet strategy to be a more appropriate tool for using in the secondary classroom setting with my students. I love using the packet for many reasons:
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
If you are a first year teacher, new to teaching A&P, going on maternity leave, or overwhelmed by too many responsibilities and classes to prep for, this resource was written for you. Designing curriculum for an entire unit, let alone an entire course, that is organized, engaging, activity-based, and standard-aligned can be exhausting. Especially if you are in a school with little to no science budget like I have been, it can be so hard to have a hands-on course without breaking your own bank to provide it for your students. This is why I began writing these comprehensive units - for the teacher who wants what is best for their students but doesn't necessarily have the time, energy, or resources to provide it for them (which was ME!) Not only that, I also wrote each of my units with enough detail for my own non-science long-term maternity leave sub to be able to use them. The level of detail, links to the video lectures for each set of notes, and low-budget materials list makes this product perfect for teachers new to this subject, going on maternity leave for a long-term sub, or even trying a flipped classroom strategy.
Want something like this for a different unit?
I have made this resource for every traditional anatomy and physiology unit. You can also buy this product for:
Or get all of the units at a 20% discount if you buy the full year curriculum!
Looking for complementary resources specifically for this unit?
My daily bell ringers and test review game are not included in this bundle, but you can find them for this unit by clicking below!
Looking for more A&P resources?
I am working on comprehensive units (like this one!), daily bell ringers, and vocabulary review games for an entire Anatomy and Physiology curriculum, coming by the end of 2019! Make sure you follow me to be updated as each new A&P resource is posted.
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*: NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.