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Teacher's Guide

Using the Student Lessons

The heart of this module is the set of seven classroom lessons. These lessons are the vehicles that will carry important concepts related to the bone, muscle, and skin systems to your students. To review the concepts in detail, refer to the table Science Content and Conceptual Flow of the Lessons.

Format of the Lessons

As you scan the lessons, you will find that each contains several major features.

At a Glance provides a convenient summary of the lesson.

In Advance provides instructions for collecting and preparing the materials required to complete the activities in the lesson.

Procedure outlines the steps in each activity of the lesson. It provides implementation hints and answers to discussion questions. Within the procedure, annotations, with their easy-to-spot icons, provide additional commentary:

assessment iconidentifies where assessments are embedded in the module’s structure. An annotation suggests strategies for assessment.


National Science Education Standards iconidentifies teaching strategies that address specific science content standards as defined by the National Science Education Standards.


Involves using the internetidentifies when to use the Web site as part of the teaching strategy. Instructions tell you how to access the Web site and the relevant activity. Information about using the Web site can be found in Using the Web Site. A print-based alternative to the Lesson 3 Web activity is provided in the event that computers with Internet access are not available.

suggestion iconidentifies suggestions from field-test teachers for teaching strategies, class management, and module implementation.


print-based alternative iconidentifies a print-based alternative to a Web-based activity to be used when computers are not available.


The Lesson Organizer provides a brief summary of the lesson. It outlines procedural steps for each activity and includes icons that denote where in each activity masters, transparencies, and the Web site are used. The lesson organizer is intended to be a memory aid for you to use only after you become familiar with the detailed procedures for the activities. It can be a handy resource during lesson preparation as well as during classroom instruction.

The Masters are found after Lesson 7, at the end of the module.

Timeline for the Module

The following timeline outlines the optimal plan for completing the seven lessons in this module. This schedule assumes that you will teach the activities on consecutive school days. If your class requires more time for completing the procedures, for discussion of issues raised in this module, or for completing activities on the Web site, adjust your timeline accordingly.

Suggested Timeline
Timeline Activity
3 weeks ahead Reserve computers and verify Internet access
Download required plug-ins
1 week ahead Copy masters, make transparencies, gather materials
Day 1
Monday
Lesson 1
Activity 1: It’s Alive! Or Is It?
Day 2
Tuesday
Lesson 2
Activity 1: What Makes Bones Strong?
Day 3
Wednesday
Lesson 3
Activity 1: Anatomy of a Kick
Day 4
Thursday
Lesson 4
Activity 1: Use It or Lose It
Day 5
Friday
Lesson 5
Activity 1: Got Milk?
Activity 2: Is All Exercise the Same?
Day 6
Monday
Lesson 6
Activity 1: Measuring Sunlight
Day 7
Tuesday
Lesson 6
Activity 2: Be Prepared!
Day 8
Wednesday
Lesson 7
Activity 1: Decisions Today for a Healthy Tomorrow

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