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Science - Biology
Standard 3 Objective 1
Science - Biology
Standard 3 Objective 2
10 class periods of 60 minutes each
This a high interest inquiry/research project for students. The student groups will become expert on one organ system.
This a high interest inquiry/research project for students. The student groups will become expert on one organ system. With their group they will dissect a fetal pig and a flowering plant. Students will design their own dissections (including plans) and generate a 10-15 minute presentation for the class. The activity is written as a Power Point presentation but students could do this as a class report without using computers. The students will make a handout for the class and take a test covering other class member presentations. A comparison of the function and structure of organs in different organisms should be emphasized.
Students probably have had little experience dissecting but should have previous knowledge about organ systems. They will have much more difficulty with the plant systems because students often barely consider plants to be alive, much less functioning with systems similar to those of animals. Plan on discussing plants in some detail as living things with systems before you begin the activities.
Be sensitive to students who have issues (moral/health/emotional etc) to dissecting. Students should not be forced to dissect or watch a dissection. Work out a plan ahead of time for the students who wish to avoid the dissection such as work in the library or computer lab. These students can still provide essential contributions to this project through research, presentation development, or making posters. Make sure students wash their hands after dealing with any specimens. Students should always use care when dealing with scissors and scalpels. Care should also be used when dealing with expensive equipment including cameras, laptops, microscopes etc. Students should be familiar with safety rules for your classroom. Additional safety information can be found on the Utah State Science Homepage.
Formative Feedback Guide:
The following chart describes the ideal assessment process for improving student performance:
2 weeks. Approximate breakdown:
Students should know how to make a wet mount slide and use a microscope. One student per group should have multimedia experience including PowerPoint, digital camera skills etc. Students need some prior knowledge of organ systems and tissues, however, this is formative assessment and students will direct much of their own learning.
Multiple Choice Assessment
Use the grading rubric attached.
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.