Medical Mystery PBL For Anatomy & Physiology- DAY 2

Body Cavities & Membranes- The topic for Day 2!

On day 1 of this year-long PBL, my Anatomy & Physiology classes did “Patient Intake” where they filled out all the necessary paperwork for their “patient” and assembled the anterior (ventral) body. Day 2 consisted of assembling the posterior (dorsal) body and investigating body cavities and membranes. (Just and FYI- I remembered I had a paper cutter after all my classes had finished assembling their anterior bodies. So, I trimmed their posterior sheets before class and everything went MUCH faster! ). Groups who finished before others worked on providing their patient’s “back story” (a snapshot of their patient’s life- like being a middle-aged smoker, being a long distance runner, etc… I plan to use this info to help me provide them a medical condition for their patient that they will investigate as we cover all the body systems).

It’s important to be vigilant as you put together your patient or it might end up a little “different” from the others 🙂 HAHA!

To begin, we had a class “refresher” on the basic body cavities and the membranes (parietal and visceral). They had already written down notes on this (I put my PPT on Google classroom and gave them fill-in-the blank outline notes to complete independently). I used a partially blown up balloon to illustrate how the visceral membrane clings to each organ (ie my hand as I stuck it in the balloon) and the outside of the balloon would illustrate the membrane attached to the body cavity. I let them pass the balloon around and try it for themselves (they loved it lol).

I provided students with a 1 page summary of the body cavities and membranes and a guided organizer to assist them in “color coding” their patient’s body cavities and membranes. (Body cavities were 1 color; Membranes were represented as an outline of a different color- Just a note: Colored pencils are best for coloring the body cavities and markers (the big Crayola school ones) make outlining the membranes a breeze!

Here are some pics of our patients.

How am I Storing the “Patients”?

After color-coding both the anterior (ventral) and posterior (dorsal) surfaces of our patients, we aligned them back-to-back (with the taped surfaces facing towards each other and the colored surfaces facing outwards) and taped them at with small pieces of tape on all 4 sides. This will be the foundation for the entire “patient” just as our body cavities are. Patient names (that match their Medical Records) and the names of the Medical Team members are written on the anterior surface. For storage, I stacked all the patients for 1 class (I have 7 groups of 4 in each of my 4 A & P classes) and used 3 large binder clips to hold them. Currently, I have them lying flat on my counter, but I am thinking of buying clothes hangers with clips so I could hang them up in my classroom.

What’s Next?

I am not utilizing this project every day as we go through the A & P course. I am also doing other activities. At the end of this past week, I set up lab stations and we reviewed for our Unit 1 exam next week. I pulled some of my activities from the Gallery Walk we did last year (see my blog post on this at this link–> Gallery Walk blog post ) and I think it worked well. Our next topic with our “patients” will be the Integumentary System where we will learn the layers of the epidermis, the structure of skin, as well as hair, and nails. You can see some of these diagrams at this link –>Integumentary System blog post ).

To see ALL of the 11 body systems this includes, please visit https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/category/anatomy-physiology/anatomy-practicals-stackables-that-teach/ for links to all!

To purchase, please visit my TpT store https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/My-Products/Category:379576

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Medical Mystery PBL for Anatomy & Physiology

How do you keep 120 teenagers engaged in a memorization-heavy class?

This is a question that has kept me awake many nights! My Anatomy and Physiology classes are really large this year. I have 4 sections and close to 120 students. My students are of various ability levels, but I do have an Honors A&P class this year for the first time (I’m excited about this!). As usual, I have a bunch of EL students, as well as many with IEPs (I have as many as 1/3 of the class this time). So, I’m going to have to be extra creative to keep my kids engaged, while not overwhelming some of them, but putting the pressure to excel on others. Easy to do right? Ummmm probably not!

So, what I’ve decided to do with my classes this year is utilize the life-sized bodies that I drew (see a video of it in this post (https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/anatomy-practicals-sneak-peek/ ) in conjunction with a Medical Mystery PBL that we will participate in throughout the entire course (I’m writing it as we go lol). I have planned for us to create each body system as we cover it in class and build our life-sized bodies gradually. I hope to have them investigate something specific to their “patient” for each body system. Then, at the end of the year, have them diagnose their “patient” (with something broad and over-reaching such as heart disease, diabetes, etc). I think I might also have a few of their “patients” succumb to their disease and require an autopsy to investigate. I have 7 “patients” in each class so I really only have to find 7 different diseases/disorders that their patients could have. I still have more work to do on this part, but I feel good about the general idea.

Today was Day 1 of this experience….

Today was the first day I introduced our Medical Mystery PBL to my students since I showed them the 3D life-sized body I assembled as an example on the first day of school. They have been very curious about it and kept asking me what I had planned for them (& was it only going to be for my Honors class). They were excited that everyone is going to be using them. Today’s class was “Patient Intake Day” where their task was to:

  1. Pick their Medical Teams (they are in groups of 4 so I had my desks in groups today)
  2. Fill out the necessary paperwork for their patient (Patient Info, Insurance Info, In Case of Emergency Contact, etc.. Just like you do at the doctor’s office)
  3. Sign and complete Patient Privacy Agreement (because we are conducting medical research on their patient- it was a great time to talk about medical privacy and HIPPA regulations!)
  4. Begin their patient’s Medical Records file
  5. Assemble the Anterior Body Cavities life-sized body
  6. Assemble the Posterior Body Cavities life-sized body (most didn’t get to this point).

By the end of class today, every group had their patient’s paperwork completed, as well as the Anterior Body Cavity Body assembled. Next class, they will finish the Posterior Body Cavity Body. They also asked if they could provide the background on their patient’s life (they had a lot of fun making up their patient and naming him/her!) We will discuss the parietal and visceral membranes as a class, then they will complete the Guided Exploration on Cavities and Membranes where they will have to tell which organs are in each cavity and color code the cavities and membranes.

Stay Tuned….. 🙂

If you’d like to purchase the complete set of life-sized bodies we are using, please visit my TpT store at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Body-System-PROJECT-BUNDLE-Incl-all-11-Systems-4782545

Individual body systems (& the big bodies that go with them) can also be purchased separately.

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Anatomy Practicals Sneak Peek!

Here’s a sneak peek of what all 11 body systems combined look like as a finished project! Students will be able to work with organs and structures in both the anterior and posterior body cavities.  I have included all of the organs and structures that I cover with my high school Anatomy & Physiology students.  I cannot wait for the upcoming school year so we can build our “bodies” (and probably dissect them as an “autopsy” at the end).

(Ps- There actually is a brain inside the skull at the very end. I just couldn’t juggle my phone and opening the lift-the-flap skull 🤓 The brain inside is also lift-the-flap)

To see ALL of the 11 body systems this includes, please visit https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/category/anatomy-physiology/anatomy-practicals-stackables-that-teach/ for links to all!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Respiratory System!

The Respiratory System – Simplified!

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My students love having large-sized structures to work with and always tell me that it really helped them remember the organs. I looked for pre-made life-sized bodies with organs, but sadly only found things appropriate for elementary students.  Definitely not detailed enough for Juniors and Seniors in high school, many of whom plan to pursue a career in the medical field!  So, I decided that I should create LIFE-SIZED diagrams which I knew would focus on the important structures of the system but, at the same time, be RIGOROUS enough for my high school Anatomy students…

This is what I had drawn for my students to use for the Gallery Walk last year. This summer, I have improved upon the diagrams and added the diaphragm muscle.

These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. Labels for the structures are also included in small print.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap lung so students can see the bronchi and alveoli underneath.

This project is new in my TpT store!  You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Respiratory-System-PROJECT-4595368

It is the eleventh (and final!) installment in my newest project called Anatomy Practicals! These will cover each body system and provide your students with life-sized diagrams as well as the important organs included… all rigorous enough for high school Anatomy students! I have also bundled these with instructions for the project that my students did for each system.  Stay tuned for all systems to be posted!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Lymphatic/ Immune System!

The Lymphatic/ Immune System- Difficult to Visualize… Until Now!

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I admit, this system is really hard for my students to understand and visualize. Last year, when my students did the Gallery Walk, I simply had them draw in the major lymphatic vessels & areas. I wasn’t really pleased because I felt that they could have gone much deeper. So, this summer, the system was at the top of my list to “revamp” and provide students with a better experience.

My students love having large-sized structures to work with and always tell me that it really helped them remember the organs. I looked for pre-made life-sized bodies with organs, but sadly only found things appropriate for elementary students.  Definitely not detailed enough for Juniors and Seniors in high school, many of whom plan to pursue a career in the medical field!  So, I decided that I should create LIFE-SIZED diagrams which I knew would focus on the important structures of the system but, at the same time, be RIGOROUS enough for my high school Anatomy students…

These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. Each lymph node area is labeled so it could be color coded by students.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap long bone, spleen, and separate large sized lymph node to show the interior.

  Labels for the structures are also included in small print.  

This project is new in my TpT store!  You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Lymphatic-Immune-System-PROJECT-4631442

It is the tenth installment in my newest project called Anatomy Practicals! These will cover each body system and provide your students with life-sized diagrams as well as the important organs included… all rigorous enough for high school Anatomy students! I have also bundled these with instructions for the project that my students did for each system.  Stay tuned for all systems to be posted!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Excretory/ Urinary System!

The Excretory/ Urinary System- Life-Sized!

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My students struggle because most anatomical diagrams are small and can be difficult for them to analyze. My class created big bodies with basic organs from an outline I drew for their Gallery Walk at the conclusion of our first unit on the body systems. It was SO beneficial for them! Check out my previous blog post on this here https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/intro-to-anatomy-physiology-review-and-body-systems-gallery-walk/ They loved having such large-sized structures to work with and told me that it really helped them remember the organs. I looked for pre-made life-sized bodies with organs, but sadly only found things appropriate for elementary students. Definitely not detailed enough for Juniors and Seniors in high school, many of whom plan to pursue a career in the medical field! So, I decided that I should create LIFE-SIZED diagrams which I knew would focus on the important structures of the system but, at the same time, be RIGOROUS enough for my high school Anatomy students…

When I did this Gallery Walk with my classes last year, I had only pre-drawn the basic structures.

Over the summer, I have improved upon these drawings and now have pre-drawn both the male and female Excretory/ Urinary structures.

These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap kidney to show the interior.

Labels for all the organs and structures are also included in small print.

This project is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Excretory-Urinary-System-PROJECT-4567204

It is the ninth installment in my newest project called Anatomy Practicals! These will cover each body system and provide your students with life-sized diagrams as well as the important organs included… all rigorous enough for high school Anatomy students! I have also bundled these with instructions for the project that my students did for each system. Stay tuned for all systems to be posted!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Reproductive System!

Teaching the Reproductive System to High School Students can be Interesting….

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My students struggle because most anatomical diagrams are small and can be difficult for them to analyze. My class created big bodies with basic organs from an outline I drew for their Gallery Walk at the conclusion of our first unit on the body systems. It was SO beneficial for them! Check out my previous blog post on this here https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/intro-to-anatomy-physiology-review-and-body-systems-gallery-walk/ They loved having such large-sized structures to work with and told me that it really helped them remember the organs. I looked for pre-made life-sized bodies with organs, but sadly only found things appropriate for elementary students. Definitely not detailed enough for Juniors and Seniors in high school, many of whom plan to pursue a career in the medical field! So, I decided that I should create LIFE-SIZED diagrams which I knew would focus on the important structures of the system but, at the same time, be RIGOROUS enough for my high school Anatomy students…

I admit… When my classes did the Gallery Walk last year, I made the Reproductive System optional. I know, I know…. I just couldn’t face the possibility of what I might get if I had my students draw reproductive organs (to scale) on these life sized bodies LOL! So, I have pre-drawn the structures to work with the rest of my life-sized bodies. Hopefully, it will take some of the apprehension out of this part of the project (or at least it will for this teacher 🙂 )

These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. This particular project utilized the organs that make up both the male and female Reproductive Systems for students to label.

Labels for all the organs and structures are also included in small print.

This project is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Reproductive-System-PROJECT-4613573

It is the eighth installment in my newest project called Anatomy Practicals! These will cover each body system and provide your students with life-sized diagrams as well as the important organs included… all rigorous enough for high school Anatomy students! I have also bundled these with instructions for the project that my students did for each system. Stay tuned for all systems to be posted!

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