1E. Designing Coherent Instruction
5th Grade Science: Circulatory System Unit
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This unit was designed to first uncover student misconceptions about the Circulatory System, then meet students at their instructional level to help them learn. The unit began and ended with a "KWL" chart so that students could reflect on what they know, want to know, and what they learned. Through a heart rate experiment where students found their pulse and graphed their heart rate, we were able to predict, analyze, and make conclusions about how our heart rate changes at rest versus during exercise. Students learned about oxygenation and deoxygenation as they learned about the path that blood takes throughout the body. Next, students learned the difference between the jobs that both red and white cells have in our body. After a review video, students created "Mind Maps," based on Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis. Each lesson was aimed to meet essential questions for instruction.