Chemistry of the Body

Our Chemistry of the Body lesson plan teaches students about the primary chemicals found in the human body and their uses. Students learn related vocabulary and learn how the human body would be effected without various chemicals.

Our Chemistry of the Body lesson plan introduces students to the chemistry of the body. Most students are aware of the basic “ingredients” of the human body, but may not realize the numerous elements that are part of the human body. The lesson also discusses their usefulness to the body, and what might happen to the body without some of the chemicals. During this lesson, students are asked to complete an interactive activity in which they use given chemical percentages for the human body and proportionately shade the body, using a different color for each element, helping them visualize how much of each compound is found in the human body. Students are also asked to match definitions to chemical names, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the primary chemicals in the human body and identify their uses.

Common Core State Standards: CSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Great resource

    Clear and easy to understand and use. Just the right level for my class. A fun activity with depth. I used it in an intro to chem class with a dia de los muertos theme

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