Kendall Hunt Publishing


Insights: Grade 6 Human Body Systems Teacher's Guide

Author(s): Education Development Center Inc

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2003

Pages: 368


In this module, students look at how three different body systems work together to help their bodies function. They begin by looking at the needs their bodies have in order to perform a variety of physical tasks.

As the module continues, the students engage in a variety of activities that demonstrate how the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems work interdependently to provide the cells in the body with the nutrients and energy they need.

Each Teacher Guide includes:

  • Specific teaching and management strategies
  • Detailed teaching sequences for teaching the first three phases of the Learning Experience (Getting Started; Exploring and Discovering; and Processing For Meaning)
  • Reproducible masters for Student Science Notebook pages, Group Recording Sheets, and Home-School Worksheets
  • Extension activities in science, language arts and social studies
  • Assessment materials (an introductory questionnaire, embedded assessments, and a final questionnaire consisting of performance and written components)
  • Science Background (provides general science concepts as they are introduced and developed in the module) to help prepare teacher
  • Teacher and Student Resources section (annotated lists of children's books, teacher reference books, and technological aids)


The Insights Elementary Science Curriculum
Introduction to Human Body Systems
How to Get Started Using an Insights Module
Teaching Level
Time and Scheduling
Organization of Each Learning Experience

Teaching Strategies

Model Science Learning
Encourage Exploration
Structure Student Groups
Address Diverse Student Populations
Include Students with Learning and Physical Disabilities
Modify and Adapt the Module

Curricular Connections

Science and Literacy
Mathematical Thinking
Instructional Technology

Home-School Connection
Teaching-Learning Framework
Scientific Inquiry Framework

Assessment Framework

Gathering Data
Data Recording Tools

Class Record

Science Concepts
Abilities and Understandings Necessary to Do Scientific Inquiry

Student Profile

Science Concepts
Abilities and Understandings Necessary to Do Scientific Inquiry

Alignment to the National Science Education Standards
Conceptual Story Line
Summary of Learning Experiences
Safety Rules
Summary of Materials


Introductory Assessment
1 What Does Your Body Do?
2 What Do I Already Know? The Me I Can See...The Me I Can't See
3 What Are Cells?
4 Blood and the Heart
5 The Transportation System
6 Food and Fuel: The Digestive System
7 What Happens in the Digestive System? Breaking Down the Food
8 How Does the Food Get Out? Membranes and Diffusion
9 Breathing: Getting Air into the Body
10 Getting the Most Out of Your Air and Food: Surface Area
11 What Goes in Must Come Out: Tying It All Together
12 What Happens When You Exercise? (Final Performance Assessment)
13 Case Studies: Liking the Systems
Final Assessment




Student Resources
Teacher Resources

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