Insight - Human Body

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Grade: 5
Type: Life Science
Students begin this module by observing some of the ways their bodies work to complete a variety of tasks. Using these observations as a basis for discussion, students share what they already know about the needs fo their bodies and how their bodies work to help them do the things they want to do. Students are then introduced to the idea that their bodies are like machines, with parts that work together to take in food, process food to get usable fuel for energy, and get rid of the resultant wastes. Students begin their investigations of the big "machine" by learning about its smallest component, the cell. After becoming familiar with what a cell is, students begin to explore how individual body systems work to meet the body's needs. They follow a red blood cell on its journey through the circulatory system and discover how it interacts with the digestive and respiratory systems to supply the body with nutrients and oxygen.

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