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Organ Systems with Oprah

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 60 minutes each.

Group Size:
Small Groups


This is a literacy activity where students write a script for an “Oprah” television show featuring a cell, tissue, organ and organ system. The participants share what aspect of the system they contribute to and what their relationship is with other parts.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Biology
Standard 3 Objective 2

Describe the relationship between structure and function of organ systems in plants and animals.


  • textbook
  • paper and pencil OR
  • word processor on a computer
  • student sheet (attached)


Background For Teachers:
Time Needed: 50 minutes to write script, 30-50 to perform

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Students need to be in groups of 4-6. Each group should be assigned an organ system (respiratory, digestive, circulatory, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endrocrine) It is suggested not to do reproductive, to protect the innocent.
  2. Each group needed to identify an “Oprah” to ask questions and a cell, tissue, organ or organs and the system itself.
  3. Students need to write a dialog that clarifies the role each person plays in the system and how it is related to other parts of the system.
  4. Students should write the script as follows:

    Oprah: (smiling) I’d like to thank the ___________system for being here today. Would you each introduce yourselves and tell us a little about what you do?

    Cell: Well, I…………….
  5. Show students student sheet and rubric to guide their work:
  6. Allow student 2-3 minutes to present their dialogs to the class or have them work in groups with 4 or 5 other groups and present to the larger groups. The best from the larger groups can be presented to class as a whole.

Assessment Plan:
Use scoring rubric attached.


Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 25 2014 12:53 PM