Help your Anatomy & Physiology students start the semester off right! This “Organ Systems Mix and Match” hands-on-activity will encourage students to make the connection between the twelve organ systems, their organs and their function. Promote teamwork or have students work individually.
You will receive the following:
1. Powerpoint presentation (26 pages) with the cards to print, laminate and cut. This is included as both a .pdf file and a Powerpoint document. There are four cards to a page but you can modify the size of the cards, shape and colors any way you wish.
The cards included are:
• 12 cards with organ systems names in blue
o Male Reproductive
o Female Reproductive
• 46 cards with organs/anatomy in red
• 28 cards with a description of function in green
2. Student worksheet/chart and instructor key (2 pages each). This is included as both a .pdf file and a Word document. Students can record their matches on the chart for further review.
This activity can be used in many ways:
Prior to Instruction: Rather than presenting the overview of organ systems to the students, have the students take the initiative with their textbook (or online resources). Ask students to use the cards to match organ systems with organs/anatomy and functions.
Review after Instruction: After a presentation of the organ systems, the cards can be used to help students master the organ systems.
Class Presentation: Sometimes I will assign each student an organ system to present to the class. The student would match the cards correctly, take pictures with their phones, search online for images, put together a presentation and present it to the class. This encourages students in their mastery of course content as well as teamwork, computer skills and public speaking skills.
Exams: You can even use these cards on lab practical exams!
**Note: this activity does not include micrographs or drawings of organ systems. There are many online resources to find tissue micrographs and drawings. Having students find these online may be incorporated into the activity.
Grades: This activity is best used for Anatomy and Physiology in high school or in college. It is especially well-suited for a community college course in Anatomy and Physiology that serve as pre-requisites for nursing and other allied health fields.
Time: Due to its versatility, students could spend only 15 minutes or up to60 minutes depending on how the instructor prefers to utilize the activity. It can also be split over two to three class periods to reinforce concepts and improve mastery.
Student Preparation: Students may either be well-prepared with a background in organ systems or use this activity can be used as a “starting place” to organize the material, depending on the instructor’s preference.
Standards: Life Science: Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
Grades 9-12 – use as review of previous material
• Describe the structure and function of organ systems
College – Use as an introductory tool or review exercise
Materials Needed: only a flat clean space to lay out cards (once they have been printed, laminated and cut.) I recommend having a set of cards for every group of 4-6 students.
I’d love to hear your feedback on this activity!