A few years ago, before retiring, my multi-age class and I decided we wanted to cover the topic of body systems in a bit of a different way.
At the time we were working on five different systems and decided that it would be more fun to do each system in a different way rather than all five by the traditional paper and pencil method. It didn't take any convincing on any of our parts.
One of the methods we decided to use was a dramatization of the circulatory system. Every student would take part either in writing, props collection/creation, video recording, playing one of the major parts or in the choral speaking .
We stared the writing as a class brainstorming as to what we wanted to include, and we talked about how a play is set up on paper and what needs to be done to perform for an audience.
OF COURSE they had practice in much of that before they came to me as dramatization plays a part in all levels of elementary curriculum we teach.
Before we knew it, the kids started popping out prop ideas, volunteering to stay in at recess and lunch or to meet at each other's houses to go over their parts and began working on the set and posters etc. as they decided we'd need to have on the walls to use as reference.
All students also had a chance to do some of the video taping and the eagerness, when we were finished, to see the play and judge how well they'd done began as soon as the camera stopped rolling.
Once we'd seen the play, one of the parents volunteered to transfer it to DVD for each student and it made a wonderful keepsake from their year.
I had an e-mail this September from a student now in grade 8 ( grade 5 at the time of performance) and she told me she had taken it to school to show her junior high classmates and teacher. That was a proud moment.
Hopefully, this play will be something that you can use with your class in your studies of the human body systems, which will provide you with a ready-made opportunity to try something different to see how it flies.