This package contains everything needed to prepare for and assess the digestive, respiratory, nervous, skeletal, circulatory, and muscular systems.
Reviewing for the test and administering the test should take approximately five one hour long class periods. This package contains multiple items, most of which can be purchased separately as well. For more detailed information about each resource please click on the links below.
-Organ System Essay Test
: This is a rigorous
one question essay test. An adapted rubric for SPED or ELL students is included. Multiple choice questions are included and can be used if the teacher chooses. (The multiple choice questions can help scaffold the test.) Students should write at least a two page long essay. An example essay is also in the file. Plan on budgeting around two hours for the test. (8 pages)
-Organ System Essay Test Study Guide
: This study guide is designed for students to complete in class (with or without guidance from the teacher) and study at home. Give students about one hour to complete and study their study guides in class. (3 pages)
-Organ System Review PowerPoint
: This PowerPoint is useful to review key points together. It instructs students on making a foldable and gives them practice with the content by answering multiple choice questions. Spend about one hour on this PowerPoint. Extra time can be spent studying the foldables students made in class. (32 slides)
-Organ System Stations
: These stations are useful to review content without using a worksheet. They give students a chance to move around and work with classmates. These stations take about an hour. (17 pages) ***These stations were recently updated. Follow the link to see their new look.
-Organ System Paragraph Posters
: These are useful to post around the classroom during the week prior to the test. (7 pages)
Note: I created these materials for my 7th grade science class, but they can easily be used for much higher grade levels because the test assesses learning at such a rigorous level. When I first tried making a test years ago, all the questions I made and found in other resources seemed low level and rote. That's when I decided an essay test would be the best way to reveal my students' true understanding of the human body. Since creating this test I have adapted it and given it to three different sets of seventh graders. One thing I do every year is tell the students in advance about the format of the test so they can get themselves ready and prepare appropriately. This essay test is the most challenging test I give all year, but it is also the one my students have the highest performance on and the most pride in. Most of my students kept their graded tests all year and showed other teachers. The English teachers and ELL teachers decided to use the student essays in their classes as well, having the students revise and edit their essays during the spring semester. I highly recommend using this test and these materials in your classroom.
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