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New OACS Grade 5 science unit explores the human body

Written on April 3rd, 2009

Unit studies how human body systems work with a focus on healthy living

The Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) has released a new Grade 5 science unit for principals, curriculum co-ordinators and teachers that explores how the human body works and promotes healthy living.

The updated science unit meets the Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines and provides a solid Christian curriculum resource for the OACS member schools, says publications editor Nellie van Donkersgoed.

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The unit’s title, Human Organ Systems 5: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, reflects Bible scripture from Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Scripture is also built into the unit.

Van Donkersgoed says the unit aims for students to look at themselves and understand through the lessons how miraculously they are created.

“(We want our students to understand) one’s body in the light of how we were put together and in sense how miraculously we were put together and how everything just kind of works,” she says.

The unit includes 12 activity-based lessons that introduce students to the human body. Students study how circulatory, respiratory, digestive and urinary systems work and how blood integrates the systems.

The unit investigates healthy living through participating in a personal fitness appraisal to understand how the body responds to physical demands, designing personal fitness programs and planning healthy menus. The importance of donating blood concludes the unit.

Prior to being published, units are field tested in a couple classrooms and feedback generated before finishing and distributing the curriculum.

“The teachers who taught the unit the students were delighted with the unit,” says van Donkersgoed.

The unit is currently being distributed at curriculum days and principals’ meetings, and can also be ordered through the OACS.