The present Unit of Inquiry I am learning at school is about “The Human Body” which is one of the transdisciplinary themes for “Who We Are”. We’re learning how the body goes through different changes through our lives such as when you are born, making your first step, coming to puberty, becoming an adult, getting old, etc. The lines of inquiry are “The changes that occur in the human body”; “Factors that cause our bodies to change” and “Actions that affect personal well being”. We have been learning the terminology of the different parts of the body like body systems, organs, bones, muscles etc. We must understand the structures of a human body and also be able to identify the major organs before we can look further through the changes of a human body.
During class time, we are watching a documentary on how our body changes through life, the video lasts for 2 hours. It’s starting to become very interesting. We have been investigating for some parts of the body on a website called Anatomy Arcade. We learnt about the muscles and bones by playing the games Poke-A-Muscle and Whack-A-Bone. They’re really fun games and I made it to level 2 on both of them. By playing, we learn it’s a super fun game. We also learnt some information from a booklet my teacher gave us. It contained worksheets on the body systems such as your eye, your bones, your body muscles, your endocrine…etc., which we have to work on them. I have done about half of the booklet and I am now on the reproductive system. There are some interesting facts that I would like to share with you about human body, which I never knew before:
-Boys have lesser taste buds than girls
-Your brain cannot feel any pain
- Your ears produce more earwax when you are afraid
-The moment you die, some cells are still alive. These cells can stay alive for some time; and these live cells can keep your hair and nails growing until the cells die.
- Eating too much food will make your hearing worse
I will very soon start doing independent studies about the human body that I am most interested about. I’m going to pick the topic on body hair for my independent inquiry. The growth of our body hair changes our different parts of body throughout our life and because that happens to everyone and I want to learn more about it. It interests me a lot because I want to find out:
1.Why does the body hair change?
2. When your body hair changes, is it a benefit or a disadvantage to your body?
3. How do these changes affect you on your daily life?
4.Which change is the most significant out of all?
At the end of my independent studies, I will use the programme “Keynote” to make a presentation on how the body hair changes throughout our life for my class, so that I can share the outcome of my investigation and study with my classmates.
In summary, I’ve been learning lots of new facts and general knowledge about the human body; and especially how it functions. In class we have been doing many things to help us to learn about the changes of human body. We’ve also drawn a human body in groups and labelled all the bones, muscles and body parts that we knew. It was a pre-assessment to see how much we understood the human body from our teacher. I’ve learnt about bones, muscles, nerves, etc. The most interesting part of this Unit of Inquiry that I’m looking forward to is the independent studies about the change of the human body hair. On May 21, all the Grade 5 students will go for a 3 days camp organized by the school. We will do a lot of physical activities. During the camp, we will continue to learn about human body, especially the topic of puberty. What I still want to learn in this unit are the nervous system and skeletal system.
I think this will be a very challenging unit to everyone as it is the last unit of inquiry for the school year. So, I will try to do my best!