Absorption and Excretion Unit

Absorption and Excretion Unit
Absorption and Excretion Unit
Absorption and Excretion Unit
Absorption and Excretion Unit
Absorption and Excretion Unit
Absorption and Excretion Unit
Absorption and Excretion Unit
Absorption and Excretion Unit
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  1. This no-prep paper AND digital paperless bundle is all of the notes, labs, activities, practices, projects, quizzes, and tests you need to teach an entire year of human anatomy and physiology. Every major body system is covered and listed in the units below. This is an excellent stand-alone resour
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Product Description

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?

  • The Digestive System, including:
    • Overall functions
    • Structure and functions of organs in the alimentary canal (mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine)
    • Structures and functions of the accessory structures (teeth, salivary glands, liver, gallbladder, pancreas)
    • The process of digestion
    • Key digestive enzymes
    • Regulation of the digestive process
    • GI health issues and diseases
  • Nutrition and Metabolism, including:
    • Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals as essential nutrients
    • Dietary sources, uses, and digestion of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
    • Key vitamins and minerals
    • Metabolism
    • Nutritional States (absorptive and postabsorptive)
    • Fad diets and other trends in the wellness industry
  • The Urinary System, including:
    • Overall functions
    • Structure and function of the kidneys and nephrons (how they filter blood and make urine)
    • Urinary tract, including the ureters, bladder, and urethra
    • Urinalysis
    • Kidney-related health issues and diseases

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:

  • HS-LS1-2: Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
  • HS-LS1-6: Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.

Note: If you aren’t sure how your state standards compare to the NGSS, shoot me an email at itsnotrocketsciencestore@gmail.com 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 AND 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:

  • 20 pages of teacher implementation notes + editable unit plans for 21 days of lesson plans (both 50-minute and 90-minute block pacing)
  • A 33-page PDF packet of all student handouts for the entire unit that includes:
    • Unit outline with objectives and vocabulary terms for each concept covered for students to use to make their own study guides from
    • Notes outlines for each of the three main concepts in Cornell Note format
    • Inquiry Activity: Intro. to the Digestive System
    • Big Body Diagram for labeling the Digestive System
    • Discovery Stations: Digestive System (8 stations)
    • Activity: Modeling the Digestive System
    • Project: Digestive System Children's Book
    • Webquest: From Food to Fuel
    • Research and Report Activity: Vitamins and Minerals
    • Research Activity: The Science Behind Fad Diets
    • Big Body Diagram for labeling the Urinary System
    • (QR Code Based) Lab Stations: Kidneys (5 stations)
    • Lab Activity: Urinalysis
    • Dissection: Fetal Pig
  • Access to ALL of the materials in the student packet in a digital paperless format that can be used in Google Drive™ and/or Microsoft OneDrive™
  • 3 fully animated PowerPoints of notes (over 40 slides)
  • Links to YouTube video lectures for each of the PowerPoint notes – perfect for absent students or flipped classrooms!
  • 1 vocabulary-focused quiz with a combination of matching, fill in the blank, and brief application questions + editable version
  • 1 end of unit test (an Honors version and a CP/College Prep/on-grade level version) with a combination of multiple choice, matching, and open response questions, a 3-page answer sheet for students, versions A and B with varied question order to reduce cheating, and an editable version so you can customize for your students' needs
  • Detailed answer keys for ALL of the student assessments including the packet, quiz, and tests

How many class periods will it take to teach this unit in its entirety?

This unit covers 21 50-minute class periods or 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?

  • You can go PAPERLESS in your classroom if you want – no more dreaded mornings at the copy machine!
  • You still get all of the organization of my packet strategy, just now in digital format too!
  • Students will be able to access their packet ANYWHERE. No more, “I forgot my binder so I couldn’t do (fill in the blank).”
  • Students can print their filled in packets or an extra blank copy easily from home.
  • You can now have a mixed classroom with some students paperless and others not. You can also start with just doing a few units digitally and others on paper. Whatever works best for you and your students. The point here is that you now have OPTIONS!
  • You have increased flexibility for students to easily learn and be connected outside the walls of your classroom.
  • A built-in opportunity to help students grow in their digital literacy.

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:

  1. I only have to make copies one time each unit instead of copying handouts every day. Even though it takes a while to copy the packets for each student, it saves so much time on a day to day basis. (Also I’ve often recruited seniors to be my “Teacher’s Aide” and have trained them to copy all of my packets for me. I haven’t seen a copier in YEARS and it’s glorious!) You can also now go DIGITAL and PAPERLESS with the Google Drive™ version of the packet, if you prefer!
  2. It puts responsibility back on the students to maintain their A&P binder with their packet, while also aiding them in practicing organization skills. It has been incredibly effective for my lower level students especially. Even though it is a lot of papers to receive at once, I can watch them put it in their binder and leave it there, rather than having to hang on to numerous individual papers passed out each day. It has really eliminated the need for a textbook too, so students really only have to remember to bring ONE thing to class – their binder with their packet!
  3. It makes it so easy to be absent last minute. If you or your child gets sick, sub plans are a breeze. You don’t have to send your teacher neighbor to make copies for you – because your students already have everything they need. You just have to tell the sub which pages the students need to work on for the day. It was especially helpful for my long-term substitute when I was on maternity leave!
  4. The structure of the packet provides a more helpful method than interactive notebooks in preparing students for college – which should be one of our goals as high school teachers. The packet helps students learn how to structure notes (one of the reasons why I love teaching them how to write Cornell notes) and how to stay organized.
  5. They are a time saver in so many ways – no more time wasted regularly passing out handouts or having to cut and paste things into a notebook.
  6. Students do a better job keeping up with returned graded work because every page is numbered, so they can put graded assignments right back into the packet where it came from, setting them up to more likely refer back to graded work as they study.
  7. You no longer need a filing cabinet – you can keep all of your curriculum and keys organized in binders!

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.

What if I have a question?

Email me at itsnotrocketsciencestore@gmail.com I’d love to answer any questions you have!

How do I stay updated on new products, sales, blogposts, and freebies?

Follow me on TpT, join my email list, or follow me on Instagram. These are the three best ways to keep up with what’s happening at It’s Not Rocket Science!


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  • Use this item for your own classroom, students, or for your own personal use.
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  • Upload this product to any unsecured website or server that other teachers can access for free.
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  • Copy or modify any part of this document to offer others for free or for sale.

*Note: 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.

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