HPA 5th grade students in Mrs. Gates’ class and Mr. Foster’s class recently hosted a tour for the other classes to learn about the systems of the Human Body. This was a concluding science project that encouraged the students to show their understanding of complex systems by creating a model representation and being able to explain the functions to other students. The students were broken into groups of six. Those six students were called a “medical clinic”. The students in each clinic named their clinic. Each student in the group was responsible for a different system of the body. The systems that the students covered were the skeletal/muscular system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, immune system, and nervous system. Once students were assigned a system, they worked with students that had the same system (from other clinics) to learn that system and prepare for the board exam. Once students passed their board exam, they were officially titled as doctors. For example, if a student was responsible for the respiratory system and he or she passed the board exam, then the student was titled as a pulmonologist. After everyone passed their board exam, students went back to their medical clinics and taught their peers their system of the body. Each doctor had to create a 3D model of their system. Finally, each medical clinic received a patient with symptoms. The clinics worked together to propose solutions that would help their patient.
“We had fun and helped our patient.” - Andrew H.
“It was a lot of fun because we felt like we were doctors and learned so much.” - Nevaeh A.
“It was fun because it was hands-on learning and informational.” - Marcenzie M.
“I learned so much about how the body works and got to show our model to the whole school.” - Alonso R.
“Reading out of the book is fun, but doing this project is the most fun thing I have ever done.” -Jayden B.