Meet George! We'll be using him later in the unit :)
For the last two weeks I've been teaching the human organ systems unit to the grade fives I am with. Other than the occasional "this is gross!" comment, I think it is going exceptionally well!
We've been filling out a class table with all of the systems we have learned. At the end of every lesson, for the lesson consolidation, I ask them what the main function of the system is based on what they have learned about it during the core lesson. Afterwards, I ask them what the major parts and/or organs of the system are. This is how my lessons have gone so far.
This coming week we will be adding on gym and art. I'm excited for both of these subjects because, although I am a science specialist, I have also been a baseball coach for eight years and a trumpet and piano player for many years. For my final week, we will be adding on math. At the moment the children are learning measurement, so most likely I'll be continuing with this unit. Teaching math is a bit of a daunting prospect for me because I know that it is such an important subject and, for some students, a difficult one. However, I have been intently watching my associate teacher teach math for weeks now and I am confident that I can model her teaching style and hopefully add a bit of my own personal style to it :)