Year 8 Science students will continue their study of the human body with an exploration of the digestive system and nutrition. This will include food testing for glucose, starch, lipids and proteins. We will also use the National Geographic’s “Incredible Human Machine“; “Explore the Human Body“, BBC’s “Interactive Human Body” to identify the structure and function of various organs within the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems.
Each student should keep a food and exercise diary to record the quantity and type of each food consumed over the week, as well as the physical processes that require energy each day. We will use this information to study tyour kilojoule inputs and outputs over a week – do you consume more chemical energy than you expend?
The Australian Football League are holding a competition for school students from year 3 to year 10 in four different Key Learning Areas. The Science competition asks students to design the AFL ‘Super Player’, incorporating the physical and mental qualities of the best players of the game. Students should produce an annotated poster showing the selected anatomy of the league’s finest goal kickers, high markers and couragous defenders. The competition closes on Friday 23rd October.
We will use this activity with our international partners, Mr Ardito’s class from New York, to compare elite athletes from different sports. For example, how does a successful AFL footballer compare to a top basketballer? How does a long distance runner compare to a sprint swimmer in their physical and mental attributes?
Next term year 8 students will be starting a unit on the Human Body, including circulatory, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. I have created a Human Body wiki for Hawkesdale students to share their work with Mr Ardito’s class in New York.