Anatomy Extensions for Math and Scientific Literacy Skills & Critical Thinking

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11th - 12th, Homeschool
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64 pages + key and digital pages
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These extension worksheets are perfect for raising the rigor in your Anatomy and Physiology class. They include opportunities for critical thinking, graphing and interpreting data, and using feedback loops and homeostasis within the context of body systems. These lessons can be used as homework pages, bell-ringers, sub plans or assignments for early finishers or honors students.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the extension pages in this bundle are also part of my Full Anatomy & Physiology Curriculum.

Three types of extension pages are included:

  • Digging Deeper (32 pages): These are content pages that aim to raise the level of difficulty in your A&P course. Most include short reading passages followed by discussion questions that review the content and encourage critical thinking.
  • Data Analysis (19 pages): These are math extension pages. They either provide opportunities for math calculations relating to the content or contain graphs for students to interpret. They are excellent for preparing students for standardized tests and upper-level science classes.
  • Homeostasis (12 pages): These pages include information on feedback loops for various body systems. Students organize steps of the feedback loops and answer questions relating to this process.

Extension Pages organized by body system:

  • Intro to A&P- Survival Needs, Cell Differentiation, Cell Cycle, Intro to Feedback Loops
  • Histology- Tissue Repair & Scars, Types of Membranes
  • Integumentary- Moles & Skin Cancer, Burn Homeostasis, Burns (Rule of Nines), Evaluating Beauty Claims
  • Skeletal- Skeletal Homeostasis, Fractures, Bone Density in Space, Bone Mapping
  • Muscular- Neuromuscular Junction, Fast v. Slow-twitch fibers
  • Endocrine- Stress, Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular- Artificial Blood, Homeostasis in the Blood, Blood Volume, Erythrocyte Life Cycle, Vital Signs: Pulse & Blood Pressure
  • Lymphatic- Inflammation, Antibodies, Immune Response Overview
  • Respiratory- Respiratory Homeostasis, Gas Exchanges, Hemoglobin, Vaping
  • Digestive- Bariatric Surgery, Digestive Homeostasis, Enzymes
  • Nervous- Concussions, Tumors of the Central Nervous System, Cerebrospinal Fluid Homeostasis
  • Urinary- Urinary Homeostasis, Body Fluid Compartments, Urinalysis Investigation
  • Reproductive- Comparison of Oogenesis & Spermatogenesis, Uterine and Menstrual Cycle, Infertility

Answer keys are included for all pages.

How can I use this in a virtual learning environment?

A Google Slides version of all the extension pages is included in this bundle. If your students have access to Google Slides, they can access the digital pages and type, draw, or insert images directly on the note pages. These are perfect for 1:1 classrooms.

These pages address NGSS HS-LS1-1, HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-3, HS-LS1-4, & HS-LS1-7.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed, resulting in a net transfer of energy. Emphasis is on the conceptual understanding of the inputs and outputs of the process of cellular respiration. Assessment should not include identification of the steps or specific processes involved in cellular respiration.
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. Emphasis is on functions at the organism system level such as nutrient uptake, water delivery, and organism movement in response to neural stimuli. An example of an interacting system could be an artery depending on the proper function of elastic tissue and smooth muscle to regulate and deliver the proper amount of blood within the circulatory system. Assessment does not include interactions and functions at the molecular or chemical reaction level.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. Assessment does not include identification of specific cell or tissue types, whole body systems, specific protein structures and functions, or the biochemistry of protein synthesis.
Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms. Assessment does not include specific gene control mechanisms or rote memorization of the steps of mitosis.
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Examples of investigations could include heart rate response to exercise, stomate response to moisture and temperature, and root development in response to water levels. Assessment does not include the cellular processes involved in the feedback mechanism.


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