Ch 28: The Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory, and Musculoskeletal Systems Lesson Plans

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The Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory and Musculoskeletal Systems chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the tissues and organs that make up these bodily systems. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory and Musculoskeletal Systems chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium;
Types of Connective Tissue;
Skeletal System and Muscular System
The tissues and cells of multicellular organisms;
The body's connective and bone tissues;
The major functions of the body's bones and muscles
Tuesday Circulatory System I: Types of Circulatory Systems;
Circulatory System II: The Human Vascular System;
Circulatory System III: The Heart
The body's open and closed circulatory systems;
A look at how blood travels through the body;
The characteristics of two-, three- and four-chambered hearts
Wednesday Circulatory System IV: Red Blood Cells;
Circulatory System V: Hemoglobin;
Gas Exchange in the Human Respiratory System
The composition and function of red blood cells;
The structure of hemoglobin, and an explanation of how it gives blood its red color;
The pharynx, larynx, trachea and other components of the respiratory system
Thursday Digestive System I: The Upper Gastrointestinal Tract;
Digestive System II: The Lower Gastrointestinal Tract
The functions and components of the throat, mouth and stomach;
A look at the digestion and absorption processes
Friday Excretory System The organs and capillaries that facilitate the removal of waste from the body

12 Lessons in Chapter 28: The Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory, and Musculoskeletal Systems Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium

1. Multicellular Organisms, Tissues and Epithelium

In this lesson on multicellular organisms, you'll take a look at what it actually means to be multicellular and how cells are organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems. This lesson also covers one of the four main tissue types: epithelial tissue.

Types of Connective Tissue

2. Types of Connective Tissue

In this lesson, you'll learn about the various types of connective tissues in the body. These tissues include bone, fat, cartilage and blood. They form the framework of the body, support organs and much, much more!

Skeletal System and Muscular System

3. Skeletal System and Muscular System

Do you know how many bones are in the human body? Check out this video lesson to uncover the answer, as well as understand the role and importance of the skeletal and muscular systems.

Circulatory System I: Types of Circulatory Systems

4. Circulatory System I: Types of Circulatory Systems

From cnidarians to humans, all animals need a circulatory system to absorb nutrients and get rid of waste. Find out why different kinds of animals have different systems, and see what a closed circulatory system and indoor plumbing have in common.

Circulatory System II: The Human Vascular System

5. Circulatory System II: The Human Vascular System

In this lesson, learn all about the operation of the human vascular system. What are the different types of blood vessels? How does blood flow through the human body? How does the system adapt to your body changing?

Circulatory System III: The Heart

6. Circulatory System III: The Heart

What purpose does the heart serve? And how do different types of hearts function? In this lesson, you'll learn about two, three and four-chambered hearts.

Circulatory System IV: Red Blood Cells

7. Circulatory System IV: Red Blood Cells

Why don't mature red blood cells have nuclei or mitochondria, and how do these guys squeeze through capillaries? While learning about the brief but glorious lives of red blood cells, you'll also see which characteristics help them transport oxygen and carbon dioxide to other cells.

Circulatory System V: Hemoglobin

8. Circulatory System V: Hemoglobin

Did you ever wonder how red blood cells can store enough oxygen to supply the entire human body? Join us in this lesson on hemoglobin to learn why red blood cells are so good at transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide. This lesson will make you see red (as well as blue and purple-maroon)!

Gas Exchange in the Human Respiratory System

9. Gas Exchange in the Human Respiratory System

Did you know that the average human lung has a respiratory surface area that is roughly the same size as half of a tennis court? Believe it or not, that's how much surface area an active, healthy human needs to ensure that the body gets plenty of oxygen.

Digestive System I: The Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

10. Digestive System I: The Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

Did you know that there are digestive enzymes in your saliva? It's true. As soon as you put a piece of food in your mouth, the digestive process begins. Join us with this first of two lessons about the human digestive system, where we'll follow food through the upper gastrointestinal tract from the mouth through the stomach.

Digestive System II: The Lower Gastrointestinal Tract

11. Digestive System II: The Lower Gastrointestinal Tract

The lower gastrointestinal tract is the part of the digestive system that is responsible for the last part of food digestion and the expulsion of waste from the body. In this lesson, we'll look at each part of the system and what functions each serves in the process of digestion.

Excretory System

12. Excretory System

Each year in the U.S., close to 400,000 people with kidney failure undergo dialysis treatment in order to remove waste, remove excess fluid and restore electrolyte balance. Kidneys, the workhorses of the excretory system, perform these same functions more effectively than any machine. In this lesson, we'll talk about how the excretory system removes toxic substances from the body.

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