Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Out of the Deep Freeze: Secondary Smorgasbord Blog Hop

This month's Secondary Smorgasbord blog hop's theme is "Out of the Deep Freeze." During this cold Korean winter I've been working on an idea that's been "frozen" in my mind for a while now.

Over the last three years in my seventh grade science class I have done an "Organ Trail" project, posters, short presentations, and worksheets, but none of them were quite what I was looking for. One day over this winter break I came up with a much more creative way for students to demonstrate their understanding of a particular organ. A job application! Students pretend to be an organ of their choice (or an organ that has been assigned to them) and fill out an application for a job in the human body.  I spent much of my winter break determining what should be on the job application that would be relevant and truly show knowledge of the body and how it works.


To complete their application, students need to have a good understanding of an organ, what it does, and the organ system it is a part of. I think students will enjoy the application assignment while demonstrating understanding in a new and deeper way. Once the students have submitted their Organ Application to "Human (Body) Resources," the teacher can decide which organs are "hired." The hired organs can receive some kind of reward like extra credit, a homework pass (free here), or a treat. Get ideas for other easy and inexpensive student reward ideas by visiting this blog post.

The Human Body Organ Application Assignment includes a job announcement page, a blank Organ Application, a completed example application, and two pages of teacher information about the assignment and how to use it. For the first few days of the Out of the Deep Freeze blog hop, this resource will be discounted.

 Organ Job Application

Once again, thank you to ELA Buffet and Desktop Learning Adventures for including me in your blog hop!

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    1. Thanks Pamela! I'm getting some great feedback from teachers who've used it in their classes.

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  2. A very creative way to teach about organ systems. Great job!

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    1. Haha, thank you! I'm glad you think so :)

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  4. Elly, this is such a clever idea! Love it!
    Darlene
    ELABuffet

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    1. Thank you, Darlene! And thanks again for including me in your blog hop.

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  5. Your Organ Application activity is such a fun assignment for a science class! Neat!

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  6. What a unique and fun idea! Will pass on your blog post to our biology teacher.

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    1. Thank you, Addie! I really appreciate it.

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  7. How absolutely creative! I love this activity.Reading the students' responses must have been fun.

    Happy Teaching,
    Connie

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    1. Thanks, Connie! The students can get really creative with this one. :)

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