Sunday, 7 April 2013

Body Systems #1

Hello friends,

Recently we made a start on our second inquiry unit for the year: "Who We Are" - Body Systems. Our central idea is that our bodies are made up of complex systems that interconnect to meet our body's changing needs. As its my first time teaching this unit, I took the time to compile the knowledge I needed  and reflect on how best to release this to my 10-11 year olds.

My lovely team member, who is a Mimio guru, made the most amazing interactive mimio book on the topic for our kiddies but when it came time to use it, we quickly realised it wasn't going to work quite as we had hoped. Having both just traded Digital classrooms of 2012 for regular classroom in 2013, we were at a loss how to open the Mimio content to the students, without the equipment we had been used to, previously.
(Images: Philip Martin)

In the end, my beloved Wikispaces came to the rescue again. Many hours of work (in the wee hours of the morning) later, I had all the links transferred to our team wiki page so that our kiddies could access them from anywhere and any computer. Phew! Turns out there are quite a few out there.
This screenshot is just of the 'general' body system sites. There are around this many for each body system too! Well that should keep them exploring for sometime. There is vast range from videos, inter-actives and diagrams to games, 3D models and experiments. Something for everybody.

This is our first look at Non-fiction text in depth this year so one of the first things we did in reading is update our Reading Strategy Focus to "Finding Information". This cute poster is from my resource which you can grab (HERE on TPT) and (HERE on TN), internationally. If you are in New Zealand you can grab it (HERE at HML). It is up on our CRAFT reading wall and my kiddies also all have a copy in their Inquiry Journals.
I am feeling so excited about this new unit that I am giving away this Find Information poster (from the above resource) for FREE!!!. Grab it here!
And because its Manic Monday

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

 We had a really good discussion about what each line meant in order for them to make links to their prior learning, and they were already automatically signalling the verbs (e.g. identify, find, use) and key words in each (something we have been working on for comprehension all term). YAY!

In my next post,  I'll share about the cool free resources I found on line for teaching non-fiction text features and how we used them. So stay tuned :)

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Yours in teaching


  1. Thanks so much for the free poster. It will definitely come in handy when teaching about non-fiction texts! Have a great week!

    Love to Learn

  2. Thank you for your feedback. Hope it does the trick. Will post the next installment soon :)