Excretory System

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With our Excretory System Lesson Plan,  students will be able to describe the excretory system, along with its urinary system, define its parts, functions, and trace the movement of waste products through the body. The students will also be able to write, draw, or design a creative presentation explaining the excretory system to others.  Generalize understanding as students ponder the length of time from when they drink their favorite liquid to when they have to use a restroom.

Excretory System Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Excretory System.
  • “Journey Through the Excretory System” Activity
  • Excretory System Practice Worksheet
  • Excretory System Fill-in-the-Blank Homework Worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources

Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

Description

With our Excretory System Lesson Plan,  students will be able to describe the excretory system, along with its urinary system, define its parts, functions, and trace the movement of waste products through the body. The students will also be able to write, draw, or design a creative presentation explaining the excretory system to others.  Generalize understanding as students ponder the length of time from when they drink their favorite liquid to when they have to use a restroom.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. In large letters, display the word Pee. This will catch the students’ immediate attention as well as dismiss the early apprehension of the topic for the students. Ask students to share as much information they know about the word/term.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. List some of the information, and during the review of the content pages, cross off or place a checkmark next to the information on the list.
  3. Distribute The Excretory System content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the final questions on the content pages to later close the lesson. Use additional resources to enhance student understanding, including one or more of the videos.
  4. Distribute the Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Remind students to use appropriate language, drawings, etc., when creating and writing the Journey of Liquid.
  5. You may encourage one student to be the writer, the other to be the illustrator or to add images from picture sources. Encourage cooperation between the students to give each other suggestions as well. Give students at least two class sessions to complete the activity.
  6. Allow students access to the Internet or other sources, as well as the use of PowerPoint or other programs as an alternative to handwritten/drawing their journey story.
  7. Once all students have completed the activity, assign each pair of students to present the stories to the class. Be sure the students include the proper path of the liquid in their presentations and completed work.
  8. Distribute the Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. Encourage students to use the Internet or other resources to respond to the question on the homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, allow students to respond to and discuss the final two questions of the content pages: What is your favorite liquid to drink? When did you have too much of your favorite liquid, and then have to wait a long time to use a restroom?

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Common Core State Standards:
CSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes):  At least 3-4 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science