Science 10 - Mr. Elliott

Cells and Human Body Systems - Human Body Systems

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify several human body systems.
  2. Name the main components of several human body systems.
  3. Investigate how several human body systems function.
  4. Consider relationships between several human body systems.
  5. Investigate the technology associated with donated and artificial body parts.
  6. Explain how technology is used to sustain a failing body system.
  7. Identify common diseases affecting human body systems.


There are three major activities in this sub-unit. The first is a group project in which you will research a single human body system. The second is an oral presentation of that information. The third is an individual essay about a human disease that is associated with your body system.

I Human Body System Research

For this activity, students will work in pairs or triads to research one human body system and create the following:

Handout: A two page (no more!) typed handout that includes:
a) A labeled diagram of your body system (~ 1/4 page)
b) Definitions or descriptions of all labeled parts
c) Two or three paragraphs that explain how your system functions, including descriptions of the major organs and common diseases
d) Two or three paragraphs that explain how your system fits into the whole body system and which other systems it relates too most closely.

Poster: A fully labeled, coloured poster of your system that includes:
a) A hand-drawn labeled diagram of your body system
b) Definitions or descriptions of all labeled parts

(Other A/V materials - PowerPoint presentation, web page, or video - may be substituted for the poster with prior approval)

II Human Body Systems Presentation

For this activity, each group will develop a brief (5 - 8 minute) oral presentation that provides an overview of their human body system.

III Disease Report

For this activity, each student will research a disease that is related to their human body system and write a three to five page typed (double-spaced) report that includes:
a) A thorough description of the disease
b) An explanation of how this disease affects the body.
c) A diagram of the disease (where appropriate).
d) Information about the types of cures now available for this disease.
e) Information about how donated or artificial body parts are used to combat this disease, if appropriate.
f) Other pertinent information
g) Bibliography of at least three sources (web site, book, encyclopedia)
This report may be written as a first person account from the perspective of the disease, or you may use other creative, yet appropriate approaches with prior approval.


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© Dean Elliott Last modified: March 16, 2003