The 5th graders have been learning some really cool things. We have spent the last three weeks learning about the body's systems. We've learned about the movement of blood through the heart and how the blood gets oxygen. This is a college level lesson. Your children learned it in one week.
They've also have learned a lot about the digestive and nervous systems. Watch us reenact the path of a neural impulse in this private YouTube video.
All of this learning was done using independent study. I wrote what I expected my students to learn on the board everyday and them supported them as they did their own research. There were no hands-on activities or interactive learning. We worked on improving our research, comprehension, and team-study skills.
This week, we are learning how to use our rote knowledge of the body's systems to critically diagnose ailments; emergency room style. Students will be assessed on their ability to listen to a set of symptoms and "diagnose" the "patient's" problem. We are already having a lot of fun while learning about the body, how it works, and what happens when it stops working.
Remember your student can complete a SMALL 5 minute experiment and turn in a report for extra credit. Each one is worth a 1/10 of a test grade. Remember: Small experiment and written report.
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