Teaching Human Body Systems to first graders

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When I read I had to teach the HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS, my mind was simply blank! I didn’t know how I was gonna do it without confusing the guys and mainly I needed to figure out a way to have them understanding the functions of every organ the simpliest way possible. So, when I was getting really frustrated it suddenly hit me! 

First of all, my students worked on the basic vocabulary with the help of my students teacher as it was time for her practice period. They were given pictures of the body systems and the basic terminology. They made posters with color big pieces of paper, by teams of course, and they used their dictionaries to find the verbs needed to write about how they work.

After that, I realized they needed more help so I designed the following lesson plan.

1. Split the group in teams not bigger than 3 or 4 each.

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2. Give them a BINGO card with the basic terms in English, pronunciation and pictures (they sell many at the Teaching Material Stores, but you can print them too, here you have some cards with the function and names, and one with names and pictures).

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3. Tell them they have to try to find the word you will say by checking the pronunciation there so that they can focus on the activity.

4. Check the lines and tell them if they won or not and why. Be careful about the HOW!

5. Ask them for large pieces of paper, color chalks and markers for the next session.

6. Tell them to cut the BINGO CARDS and give every member of their teams a piece of it.  Some of them will lay on the paper and their  teammates will draw their body shapes, then, they will draw the organs or system they got in the card  on the paper with the chalks.

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7. Have them writing the names of the organs and systems as same as brief sentences about their functions in the same papers.

8. Stick them on the walls of the classroom or the school so that they can share their work as if they were paintings (that could help a lot with their confidence and engagement to the class)

9. Give them the following link http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/#cat20209 and ask them to find information about the organs and systems they were first assigned and drew about. The website lets people translate the articles into Spanish and you can also listen to them being read in English; They can practise listening and reading at the same time.

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10. Print this wordsearch (FOR THE BRAIN IN THIS CASE, but most of the organs have the same worksheets available)and ask your students to find the vocabulary they have been learning and find the meaning of the new words. Here you can find the solutions. Then, give them this worksheet where they have to write the same vocabulary in the right place. These are the solutions.

11. Tell them to do the watch the movie about how the organ or system works. E.g.  FOR THE BRAIN:

http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=59295&cat_id=20607#cat20209

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12. Then, tell them to read the articles suggested

http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=54030&cat_id=20607#cat20209  

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13. And check the Glossary of Medical Terms. E.g. http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=30492&cat_id=20193#cat20209

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14. Afterwards, they can take the quiz to figure out how much they learn about the topic. E.g.

http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?lic=1&article_set=59351&cat_id=20607#cat20209

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If you click on the WHERE IS IT? tab, they will show students where the organ or system is located in our body.

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15. Finally, have them working on a power point presentation about the system they did research on, they can use their posters too, and share it with their classmates in class. Make sure to ask the class to take notes and fill out a chart with the names of the organs and their functions as they listen to their classmates talk about it.

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Or they can also make a mind map, give them options.

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16. You can use this rubric for the presentation, or you can check my post about rubrics here and choose a website to make yours or download the one you think is useful for you to assess this project.

I think this kind of activities could be much more meaningful to them than just reading it from a book, but as usual,  I hope you find this useful 🙂

These are some of my students works:

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