In my Science 9 class, we learn about animals for 3 quarters of the year. This introduction unit sets students up for success in the future units when we will learn about specific phyla and classes of animals. In this unit, you will teach your students the meaning of the words “Anatomy” and “Physiology” through a simple, yet engaging, stations lesson. Then, you will teach your students the 6 rules of being an animal. Throughout that portion of the unit, students will complete an assignment to create their own animal (following all the rules), analyze some crazy creatures to determine if they are animals or not, and complete a plant cell/animal cell lab to understand the microscopic differences between plant and animal cells. Next, you will teach your students how all animals develop in the same natural process from sexual reproduction. They will complete a flow-chart homework assignment to solidify this concept and practice with a PowerPoint activity. Next comes the lesson on the types of symmetry an animal can have (bilateral, radial, asymmetry). This lesson is extremely engaging and will have all students actively practicing determining what type of symmetry different animals have. Lastly, you will teach your students anatomical directional terms using a “Gut Reactions” worksheet to draw from their background knowledge and solidifying the content with a game of Simon Says. All-in-all, this unit includes a 110+ slide PowerPoint, a 7-page teacher script full of memory hooks and explanations of how I teach the unit, a copy of student notes and a fill-in-the-blank set of notes, worksheets for all included activities (plant & animal cell lab, directional terms gut reactions, animal development flowchart, a study guide/key, anatomy & physiology stations lab, etc.), 2 review games (BINGO and Fishbowl), and a 65 point test including a key and modified version.
NOTE: I DO NOT include notes on my PowerPoint presentations. Instead, I write notes on the board OR display them on a separate projector on a document camera. In my classroom, I use 2 projectors (one for the PowerPoint and one for the notes), but you could simply write the notes on a side board if you cannot get access to such resources.