Life Science

Body systems model project for sixth grade

Hi Everyone.  My sixth grade students are researching different body systems. They are "doctors" trying to diagnose a patient with specific symptoms. They will present this information to the class.    As a final project for this unit I am planning to have them make a "life-size"  (reasonably life-size) model of their system using what ever materials they choose, however part of it has to move. Has anyone done this as a project for their sixth graders? I am new to teaching sixth grade and want to make sure my expectations are reasonable.   All advice is appreciated. Thanks! Gretchen   

Gretchen Cefalu
Gretchen Cefalu
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I did this with 5th graders. For the elbow joint we used paper towel rolls to be the arm bones and a balloon slightly inflated to be the joint of the elbow. http://wonderstruck.co.uk/resources-and-downloads/Student-Resource-Sheet-1.1-Build-Your-Own-Elbow-Joint.pdf We used this site to model the heart using a tennis ball. It was super tough to make it work but some students had incredible hand strength. http://www.slimgoodbody.com/teacher_resources/click/kids-heart-experiments/ There are other systems out there, just search for the ones you need.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
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