Monday, May 23, 2016

Body Systems Research

It is always a treat to see Ms. Gates' science students in the library.  You may remember this wonderful group from the work they did on the Glory Be book trailers with Mrs. Rice.  For the last week, these students have been hard at work on a group project about body systems. 

Each group provided with a body system to research.  All members of the group were given specific pieces of information to find about their body system.  The information needed included definition/function of the body system, function of specific organs within the system, and diseases/disorders associated with the body system.

Prior to research, we discussed some helpful strategies.  We talked about how text features and the structure of nonfiction books help to make research possible.  The table of contents, glossary, index, bold words, pictures, captions, and subheadings are all useful tools in finding facts.  The class then had a great conversation about how to avoid plagiarism and stay organized through the use of MLA-formatted note sheets.

Students used both books and websites to complete their research.  Some of the books published by the AV2 company even contained links to helpful websites for this project.  Students accessed approved websites through a Symbaloo organizer located on the library webpage.  For each source used, students filled out a note sheet.

The books were a great source for research.

Many of the books provided an in-depth look into the body systems.

Students accessed websites by using a Symbaloo organizer posted on the library webpage.

Some websites provided detailed models of body systems and organs.

Even though students were only given a few days in the library to complete their research, they were able to accomplish great things!  Students understood that research is a process and is not meant to be easy.  They took their time and looked through many sources for information.  At the end of their time in the library, they completed a project planning sheet to bring back to the rest of their group members.

An example of a completed project planning sheet.

Once all group members completed their research, students met to discuss what they had learned and then focused on how they would present their learning to their classmates.  They had the option to present their information in a visual format (either through a poster or PowerPoint) or a written format (organized as a tour of the body system).

Groups met in order to decide how to present their findings.

There is a high level of creativity in Ms. Gates' classes, so I am certain that the final products will be thrilling!  All of the students deserve a round of applause for a job well done.

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