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Body Systems

For the last few weeks, Paige's and Emmarose's groups have been exploring the human body through the Systems Thinking Toolkit. Students brainstormed the many systems of the body, such as the cardiovascular system, the digestive system, and the respiratory system. One student even observed that the different systems are all part of an even bigger system, the human body!

Before tracing their friends, students thought about how much poster paper they would need and designed a way to measure each other in order to save paper.

To visualize the relationships between body systems, students are in the process of representing the organs on a life-sized poster modeled after their own body.

So far students have discovered the size of their heart, how to check for their pulse, and how blood travels through the body. When looking at a diagram of the cardiovascular system, students noticed that there were both blue and red channels that carried blood. After discussing how the body contains both oxygenated and deoxygenated blood, C.S. made the connection that when you get a cut, blood is exposed to air and turns "red."

We look forward to diving into the digestive system next!

The Week at a Glance for Emmarose's group

Communication Literacy

1. Character maps

2. Book groups

- Making text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world connections

- Collecting interesting words

- Making predictions

- Fluency and intonation

3. Long I word sort

4. Sight word games

Patterns & Modeling

1. How many different ways can you represent a number?

2. Addition on the number line

3. Decomposing and expanding three-digit and four-digit numbers

4. Place value exploration, addition focusing on place value

Theme Time

1. Work on superhero problem planning

- Generate questions

- Make observations

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