Complete the activities below on each system with your group -
trading ALL jobs with each new question. Make sure that all members
participate equally. Each group is responsible for writing their
answers on acetate to share on the overhead. The work will be
evaluated by the class for quality work.
Be sure to label each assignment clearly and list your group number
and your name. You may download
a Word document
with the questions. See example below:
List each question by number (1, 2, 3, etc.).
You will be evaluated on cooperative
work skills as well as written work.
Your written answers will be scored according to the Washington
Assessment of Student Learning guidelines.
AND NEATNESS COUNT!!!
points will be given for high quality work and bonus
Assignment 1 - Skeletal System
ready to learn about your skeletal system! Your body has lots of
bones! Bones help give your body shape. All your bones together are
called your skeleton. When we talk about the way your
bones work together it is called your skeletal system. Without your
skeleton, you could not stand or even move. Think about what your
life would be like if you didn't have a skeleton, or if your bones
didn't work together in a system.
Why is the skeletal system important?
How many bones are in a human body? Why do adults and babies have
different numbers of bones?
Why do we need calcium and how do we get it?
bone in your body has a name. Look at the human skeleton at
Print out the Skeleton
and print (Word)
and label your bones in your worksheet.
the answers to these questions at Amazing
What is the longest bone in your body and where is it located?
Where are the smallest bones in your body located and where are
the majority of your bones located?
the answers to these questions at Your
Gross & Cool Body: Skeletal
What would happen if humans didn't have bones? What do bones do?
How do your bones move?
Are your bones alive? What is the soft stuff in the middle of your
bones and what does it do?
your skeleton to the skeleton of a frog at
Frog Dissection Kit: The Whole
How are the skeletons the same? How are they different?
If you click on the picture of the frog's skeletal system you will
get a larger view.
Gross & Cool Body: Sprained
What happens when you sprain your ankle?
Big Story on Bones
- What are the most interesting things you learned here that you
didn't know. Plan to share your most unique facts with your
Broken Bone Movie
- Watch the movie and then take the quiz about broken
- Virtual Body: Skeleton
Assignment 2 - Muscular System
Do you have more bones or more muscles? How do you
How do muscles work? List and describe the job of each type of
your heart have anything to do with the Muscular System?
3 - Respiratory System
a respiratory system? Breathing and the way your body uses oxygen is
called respiration. We must breath to live. The organs used to help
you breathe and use oxygen make up the Respiratory
Compare a cough and a sneeze. What are the similarities and
What is the Respiratory System ? How does it work? Share at least two
interesting facts about the Respiratory System.
Describe how the air passes through the respiratory system, the four
major areas it travels through, and what happens in each
adults and children have Asthma.
Tell your group about anyone you know who has asthma. Work through
this OUTSTANDING tutorial to learn about asthma and answer the
questions below. Be sure to take time to look at the movies and
sounds of normal breathing and breathing during an asthma attack (be
patient it takes awhile to load - but it's worth the wait). Then
answer the questions below.
What is asthma? What happens when someone has an asthma attack?
Describe normal breathing and compare it to breathing during an
asthma attack. What causes an asthma attack? How does it
4 - Digestive System
food you swallow goes on a long journey through your body. The
digestion process begins as you take your first bite of food and ends
as your body disposes of the unusable parts. The digestive system
mixes, mashes, and breaks down foods into nutrients that your body
can use. What is not needed leaves your body.
the Body Works - The Digestive System at
It takes a long time to load, so be patient. It is worth the wait!
Check out the next questions while you are waiting for it to load.
Then check out The
Real Deal on the Digestive
Draw and label a picture of the digestive system and trace the route
that food takes through your body using a red crayon.
The picture at
The Digestive System
a simpler to draw. You may want to use that site to get your drawing
Describe your digestive system. What mixes with the food when it is
in the stomach? What does it do to the food? How long does food stay
in each area? Share two interesting facts you learned about the
Draw a food pyramid and label it with the different food groups. Name
the different categories of foods and how many servings a day you
Below your food pyramid, list the food groups in a row across the
paper. Under each food category list all the food you have eaten in
that category for one whole day.
Evaluate your eating habits. How did you do? What should you do
differently to have a healthy body?
Take the quiz at Food
Keeps Us Well!
Then take the Food
Guide Pyramid Quiz.
See how much you know about the food you eat and what's good for you!
Make sure that you read each page out loud carefully and learn
anything you don't know!
5 - Circulatory System
heart works constantly to keep your blood moving throughout your
body. Your pulse is part of the circulatory system. In an average
lifetime, the heart beats more than two and a half billion times,
without ever pausing to rest.
Explain your circulatory system. Where is the heart located in your
body? What does it do? Explain how blood travels through your body.
Make sure to tell about the difference between veins and
What does each side of your heart do? Explain and draw a picture of
the heart labeling the various parts. (Or print out the
and label it.) In your drawing, place arrows indicating the flow of
the blood through the heart. What do you need to do to keep your
oxygen or food to your lungs
foreign things in your body
carbon dioxide or waste away
does each part do? How much blood is in the average adult's body?
What happens when you loose a small amount of blood? Why are blood
Hint: Check under Red Blood
Tell at least two interesting facts you learned about the circulatory
- Virtual Body: Human Heart
6 - Nervous System
What is your brain made of? How much does it weigh? How does your
brain communicate with your body?
4. Each part of the brain is responsible for specific actions. What
are they? Add them to your diagram.Make a chart with a column for
each part of the brain. Place each action below in the appropriate
column (or print out the Brain
and place a check in the correct column).
plans for your birthday party
what you are going to eat
cold during recess
your trip to Disneyland
out how to do multiplication
the soft fur on a puppy
a light switch in the dark
pain when you fall
WOW! You have completed all the Body Systems Activities. Now you are
ready to begin your own Body System
Go to the Body
Systems WebQuest page
and begin your project!