We started looking at urinary system today. Our focus today was on identifying the major organs and functions of this system. Each student group built the urinary system on their Maniken and completed a body system graphic organizer to depict the system. Next week we will dissect a kidney and dive into the nephron.
Students worked in teams of four to design the digestive system for their Maniken. Each group researched the enzymes needed to chemically breakdown each macromolecule and labeled their Maniken. Student groups were assigned a bite of food: butter, steak, bread or celery. They used this bite to give a presentation over the digestive system while explaining what each structure does to mechanically and chemically digest their specific food.
Now that our Manikens have names and we know a little bit about tissue types, we used those tissue types to give our Manikens an identity. HBS uses these Manikens all semester. This was our first build of the class and the students did great! We learned about the tissues of the head and face and focused on three major muscles. I'm looking forward to matching our Manikens grow and become unique.
Today we looked at tissues. We read about tissues. We made concept maps about tissues. We looked at tissues under the microscope. We sketched tissues. It was a good day! As we prepare to begin working with our Anatomy in Clay Manikens, we are reviewing tissue types and how these tissues make us unique and give us an identity. Students labeled their Skeletal System Graphic Organizers (and their Manikens) with the names of the major bones found in the head. We also looked at three muscles found in the face. Next class we will build this tissues on our Manikens.
I gave my students a study guide over directional and regional terms prior to Christmas Break, but today was the day we started applying that information. We did a little research, labeled our Manikens (some students labeled one another), labeled body organizers and prepared for tomorrow's quiz. Speaking of Manikens (and yes, this is the correct spelling for our Manikens), they are great learning tools. Check out Anatomy in Clay for more information on this innovative anatomy tool. Students adopted their Manikens today - which means they decided if they were going to spend the semester as a single parent or linked to a parnter. They also chose their Manikens gender and name. We have a few rather interesting names this year.... After filling out their adoption certificate and agreement, we got down to business.
We also had several visitors today checking out the PLTW Biomedical Science program. We hope that all of our visitors choose to apply and join us next school year.