A brief introduction to the central idea was all that the students needed to get started on this unit. They were enthusiastic about looking into the human body, and happy to be studying this subject. A group discussion revealed that the students already had some prior knowledge about the topic (We all have amazing bodies. Inside our bodies we all have a heart, a stomach, a brain, and many other organs. We need to take care of our bodies to enjoy a healthy life.) The students posted this information onto the KWLS board. Then they watched some YouTube videos and brainstormed together to identify the lines of inquiry they might use. After some research on the internet, and a period of reflection, they decided on the following lines of inquiry.
Our lines of inquiry:
1. What are the major organs in our body and what do they do? 2. What are the effects to our body if we do not take care of our organs? 3. How do our bones help to maintain our body organs and structure? 4. What are senses? 5. What can you do to keep your body healthy?
The skeletal system gives us our shape, helps us to move, and protects our organs * The muscular system works with the skeletal system * The heart pumps blood around our body * The blood carries food and oxygen around the body * We breathe into our lungs, so that we can take in oxygen * The liver and kidneys clean our blood * The organs of the digestive system enable us to take in food * The sensory organs are connected to the nervous system * Our brain controls our bodies through the nervous system
By this stage, we could appreciate just how amazing our bodies really are. One of our key concepts for this unit of inquiry was responsibility. We had to ask ourselves who has to be responsible for our body. Our answer was “We each have to be responsible for our own bodies.” So what did we do?