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Body in Balance Lesson Overview

The student will create explanations that fit evidence in science relating to how the human body maintains homeostasis. Students will discover body system interactions and how the organ systems work together to maintain homeostasis.


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95 minutes
2 students per group
PTI Inquiry
5.3, 3.3, 3.4, 5.2, 3.7, 5.4, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 5.3 Laptop, Video Clip 2 Students will watch a short video of a man performing a balancing act on a trapeze and make connections between the video and balance within the human body.
Explore 40 min 3.3, 3.4 Projector/Elmo 3 Students will cut-out statements that show organ system interactions. With a partner, students will match a statement with two body systems interacting. Once students have correct answers, the statements will be glued onto a placemat for further notes and reference.
Explain 20 min 5.2 Projector/Elmo 2 The class will read a scenario, then answer questions relating to the body maintaining homeostasis. Students will answer questions, then justify their answer with a partner. The class will discuss answers and dispel any misconceptions.
Expand 20 min 3.7, 5.2, 5.4 Projector/Elmo 3 Body movement activity to relate to homeostasis. Students will complete a series of physical activities, record data and observations, then answer questions to make connections between the organ systems and homeostasis.
Evaluate 10 min 7.3 Gradecam 1 Students will complete a short quiz (Gradecam optional) to evaluate their understanding of homeostasis.

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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