1. Travel through the respiratory system to learn the parts of the lungs and how oxygen moves into the capillaries while carbon dioxide moves out.
2. Go beyond just the parts to learn why humans are nose breathers, fish have gills and dolphins have blow holes.
3. Don’t just read and watch, but do – practice activating the diaphragm to breathe deeply, try to talk while inhaling and learn why we don’t like to breathe through our mouths.
4. Discovery how some of our vaccinations protect you from lung diseases like whooping cough and pneumonia.
Click HERE to see the worksheet.
A. Go to: How Lungs Work Movie
B. Go to: Your Lungs & Respiratory System
D. Learn about Asthma
E. Learn about Whooping Cough
F. Belly Breathing – Activate the Diaphragm
G. Why do we breathe through our noses?
H. How do fish breathe underwater?
I. Do whales and dolphins breathe like fish?
The hardest part of teaching 6th-9th grade science sometimes is figuring out what information is essential for these students to learn so that they develop important background knowledge to propel them forward to deeper learning in upper high school courses and beyond. I struggle with this question all of the time.
It has taken a few years, but I think I have found the right balance when it comes to teaching about the bacteria kingdom. We learn about this subject twice – first, when study the basic characteristics of the different kingdoms of life. Second, when we study pathogens and the immune system, which is when my students do this webquest.
I developed this webquest to engage my students in the reasons WHY we study bacteria. This could seem like a boring subject, but bacteria are amazing, complex and scary. They are a part of our history as humans and literally a part of our bodies. Learning about bacteria can be frightening at times given the havoc they can cause, but its through learning and studying them that we quell our fears.
For one, kids often are given the impression that all bacteria are bad and disease-causing. The exact opposite is true and most bacteria are harmless or are doing a job directly for us or in the environment that we rely on. Learning about this makes them a lot less scary. And yes, some do harm us, but by studying them and engaging with them, we learn to stop and prevent their infections.
**The student links are those students visit as they complete the webquest. Click HERE to see the worksheet.** Click here to find out about my unit on pathogens. Click here to learn about my Pasteur and Redi Spontaneous Generation activity.
Webquest Student Links
Reading, What are Bacteria?
Disease-Causing Bacteria, Video 1
Alexander Fleming, Video 2
Reading, The real story behind penicillin
Reading, What about Good Bacteria?
Reading, The Danger of Antibiotic Overuse
- Learn the main parts of the eye and how they function
- Have fun with an optical illusion
- Learn about eye health and common vision problems
- Compare human eye sight to other animals
Find more information about this activity here.
A. Movie: Eyes
E. eye health
G. Eyes Quiz
H. Eagle Eyes
I. Animal Eyes
A guided tour to learn the following:
- The heart’s purpose and structure
- Measuring your pulse
Find more information about this webquest here.
C. Your teacher will provide you with the worksheet.
A guided tour to learn about:
The Urinary System
How the body uses water
Dehydration & sweating
Learn more about this webquest at this link.
Part A – Why Drinking Water is the Way to Go
Part B – Movie
Part C – Urinary System Diagram
Part D – Your Urinary System
Part E – Quiz
Part G – What’s Sweat?
A guided tour to learn about:
Digestive System Organs & Their Function
Common Stomach Problems