A fun and meaningful way for your students to learn homeostasis! A 4-door graphic organizer on homeostasis that breaks the topic of homeostasis into it's 4 main components in a way that will cause your students to visually see the information about homeostasis in a way that will make it more memorable and understandable.
As led by the Powerpoint, student will first fold their paper and then title it "Homeostasis: how living things/cells maintain balance". Then, after marking and cutting the doors (shown on ppt), students will title each of the 4 homeostasis doors- obtaining and using energy, making new cells, exchanging materials, and responding to the environment. With all that set up, it's now time for the main course- describing each of the 4 parts of homeostasis inside each door. For this, you can either have them copy what's written on the powerpoint or just have them summarize what their books says; whichever way you think would be more meaningful for them to learn these homeostasis facts.
Behind homeostasis door #1- obtaining and using energy- students will write key phrases about this important stage of homeostasis. Those key statements consists of how plants get energy and maintain homeostasis, as well as the role cellular respiration has in homeostasis. That concludes what’s being door #1 for homeostasis.
Behind homeostasis door #2- making new cells- students will write key phrases about how this part of homeostasis works. The key statements about how important this is in homeostasis will mention how prokaryotes and eukaryotes. That concludes door #2 for homeostasis.
Homeostasis door #3 covers the need for cells to exchange materials. Inside that homeostasis door will be statements about active transport and passive transport, and how vital each of those are to maintaining homeostasis. Once those are written, homeostasis door #3 is complete.
The last homeostasis door covers how the organism responds to its environment, which is an often-forgotten part of homeostasis.
Besides covering the essentials on homeostasis, this graphic organizer also includes an illustration on endocytosis. The notes about how homeostasis is maintained through this will mention how organisms adapt to their environment to achieve homeostasis. After a few examples of physical and behavioral responses, homeostasis door #4 will be complete.
Key terms: homeostasis, energy, cells, photosynthesis, chloroplasts, cellular respiration, binary fission, DNA, mitosis, passive transport, active transport, endocytosis, exocytosis, physical response, behavioral response