This lesson is designed to introduce students to some of the major organs and organ systems in the human body. The lesson is planned as an exploration. So instead of the teacher telling students what the main parts of the human body are and telling students where they are located, and what they do—the teacher provide students with the opportunity to explore so students can reveal their misconceptions. The exploration is a group work activity, which allows students to collaborate and make group decisions.
The lesson ends with the teacher finding out what students have come up with and providing the students with correct scientific facts about the position and the functions of the organs of the body they have just explored.
The explanation and elaboration is given in a PowerPoint presentation, which shows the solutions to the exploration plus some fun facts about the organs and organ systems to help students remember the importance of these systems. Finally there is a short evaluation to assess what students have picked up from the lesson.
The idea of this lesson is to provide some foundational knowledge about the human body that will later become prior knowledge as students study the major organ systems in more detail as they progress through school.
Finally there is an additional sheet, a word search you can use to set for homework or give to early finishers.