This week Grade 5 created a human body museum in their classrooms to share their knowledge with younger students! Grade 5 students developed social skills over the last few weeks through vigorous discussions during research and giving feedback while creating the models of the human body systems.

The museum was a part of the WWA unit and in preparation for the PYP Exhibition. It was an opportunity to build our students’ presentation skills. Each class had a variety of models on the following body systems: skeletal, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and muscular. Through this, they built an understanding of the function and interconnectedness of human body systems, conditions that affect our health, and actions to maintain health.

This week they were excited to display these projects and present their knowledge to their visitors. It was impressive to see Grade 5 students explain how the nervous system works with a detailed explanation. “When you fall from a tree and hurt your finger, your nerve gives a signal. If you get hurt, your nerves are responsible for sending signals to your brain,” explained Peter Klenovsky, a Grade 5 student.

Another student Rimkus Tautvydas, presented how bones are structured, saying, “In the bone, there are parts. First, the compact bone is on the outside of the bone. Then there’s a sponge layer. The inner layer is where the marrow is.” Our staff and fellow students were blown away at the level of detail. He added, “There are two types of bone marrow, red and yellow; red bone marrow contains blood cells that can make red blood cells. Yellow bone marrow can make yellow blood cells.”

Through their models, the children could share their knowledge about conditions that impact human health. Students communicated the importance of people’s actions to maintain and improve human health, which connects to our central idea that personal choices affect human health.

Grade 5 students gave such excellent presentations and shared their knowledge with younger students, further developing their social skills while setting them up as great role models.

The museum and incredible exhibits of the Human Body could not have been done without the dedication and support from their homeroom teachers and teacher assistants.

Thank you to the Grade 5 team.