Human Anatomy Lesson Plan

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					Human Anatomy and Physiology Lesson Plan A. Goal:
The goal of this lesson is to introduce human anatomy and physiology to students and to sharpen their critical and analytical thinking skills while getting some practice in graphing data.

B. Content Objectives:
Students will learn that human anatomy is the study of structures of the human body and that Physiology is the study of the biological processes that take place.

C. Materials:
       Rulers Tape measures Stop watches Eye chart Balloons String Rubber ball

D. Estimated Time:
A single 50 minute period to design and implement experiments and another 50 minute period to present results.

E. Procedure:
Before breaking into groups and beginning the exercise, define the terms anatomy and physiology. Draw the students’ attention to the materials table and demonstrate one or several types of experiments they can design. For example, tell them that they could use a ruler to test each other reflexes or use the balloons to test lung capacity. Students should then break up into groups of three or four and be given time to decide who will take down the data, who will perform the experiment, and who will be the subject(s). Allow them to view all of the equipment and brainstorm ideas for experiments. ALL EXPERIMENTS MUST BE CLEARED BY THE TEACHER AND SUBJECTS MUST AGREE TO PARTICIPATE. Review with the class what is expected of them to hand in: 1. Research question 2. Hypothesis 3. Materials and methods 4. Results (raw data in a table and then graphed) 5. Discussion (must include why they think they got the results they got, changes they would make if they were to do it again, and future experiments they would like to do the learn more) Be sure the students have completed the first 3 items from the above list as well as an empty data table before beginning their experiments. This will help keep them focused and organized. Let the students’ imaginations run wild as you walk around the room discussing and refining their experimental designs.

F. Closure:
As a closer, ask students to pay attention to their bodies throughout the day. How they eat, when they are the most tired, h ow they hold a pencil and write, etc.

G. Standards: Science as Inquiry
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop

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Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry Understandings about scientific inquiry

H. Assessment:
Grade the students’ completed research papers for completeness, organization (neatness), and ability to convey their understanding. Grade the in class activity on their cooperation, involvement, and overall behavior.

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