I am doing a 2 week long lesson plan project for one of my college education classes and I'd like to do it on the human body.
I was thinking that for my 10 days of instruction, I could choose a few human body categories to focus on for a day or two each, and then at the end, have a comprehensive activity, project, assessment, etc. Some of the topics within the human body that caught my interest are nutrition (including the stomach and stomach organs), the respiratory system, skeletal system, and the circulatory system (heart, blood, veins, etc).
One specific idea I had for the respiratory system is to have the students each make a model of the lungs using small balloons, some straws, rubber bands, and a 2-liter soda bottle. I remember making one of these and I thought it was the coolest thing because we could watch the balloons inflate and deflate, just like lungs do. I also like the hands-on aspect of this. I would want to plan some sort of either active or creative activity to do for each part of the body that we focus on.
For the end of the two week period, I would want to make something! Maybe for the last two days split up the class into groups – one group for each area of the body we studied and make a class-wide human body model, having each group make their respective parts with labels and explanations. Then, we can put all of the parts together and make a permanent classroom exhibit of the human body. I would probably make this more of a self-directed activity for a few reasons. First, it can be an informal assessment. Also, because we would have already made something for each body area, I would want them to figure out how to make something different. So, I would provide them with a variety of materials and let them work together in their body area groups to be creative.
If I did this, I would probably break it up into four areas of the body to study and do two days per area. This would account for eight days of instruction, leaving the last two days for the creation of our classroom body exhibit as a closing activity and refresher on each part we learned about.
Does anyone have any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas about this?