During the past 6 weeks year 4 have been inquiring into the transdisciplinary theme of Who We Are, learning about how our body systems work together to keep us healthy.
This week we finished our Who We Are unit by first unpacking our summative assessment task. All expert research teams used a checklist to guide them in presenting their learning and understanding of a chosen body system.
Expert teams collaborated to ensure their presentations:
1.) Identified the parts/organs of their chosen body system (what it looks like).
2.) Explained the function of the system (how it works).
3.) Described how the system is connected to other body systems (how it connects to other things).
4.) Detailed the responsibilities we can take to keep the system healthy (what is our responsibilities).
5.) Listed the sources used by the team to inform their learning and understanding e.g. Bill Nye and Magic school bus video clips, non-fiction texts, guest-speakers and websites (BrainPop jr).
Teams were encouraged to work cooperatively and commit to having a balanced approach to sharing and completing their tasks. Expectations were for teams to be caring and principled in their support of each other throughout their work processes, they also needed to be constructive in their feedback to each other and in their reflections of their own work.
Here are some student learning statements and reflections shared –
I learned that the skeletal system protects the organs and helps us to move around.
There are 3 kinds of muscles, voluntary, involuntary and cardiac muscles.
I found out that the heart beat is the sound of two valves opening and shutting in the heart.
In the small intestine the villi takes the nutrients out of the food and into the blood.
When you breathe in the big muscle diaphragm goes down when the lungs fill up.
I found out that all the systems in the body are connected and each system has an important job.
Muscles are controlled by the nervous system.
In bone marrow the blood cells are made.
The trachea is the pipe that we breathe air down to and then the air goes to the bronchi and into the lungs.
I learned about the circulatory system and how the heart pumps the blood around to all the systems in the body.
Bright red blood carries oxygen, dark red blood takes used oxygen.
I found it interesting that the left lung is smaller than the right lung.
Muscles are in twos, when one muscle is working its other muscle is resting.
Our small intestine is 7 meters long!
A baby has more than 300 bones.
There are 3 types of blood cells. Red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.