Grade 7 students in Michelle Sibrizzi's Honors Biology class had to dig deep into their creative side as skeletons emerged from their closets, kitchens, and garages. Students were tasked with building a skeleton using only the materials that they had at home. They were not permitted to go out to a store or waste food. Students were required to follow a rubric, which outlined what bones they had to present, the composition inside of bones, the types of tissues that would surround a joint, make two moveable joints and demonstrate their movement, illustrate a fracture and name its type and then show the types of muscles and name them. The second part involved a comparative written analysis of two bones that would be different in an animal of their choice, compared to that of a human and what ability do those bones give the animal.
The Grade 7 science curriculum explores the web of life. The course begins with the study of the cell as the foundation of life and culminates with an in-depth investigation of the complexities of human organ systems. Heredity and genetics are analyzed, and the DNA structure is explored as students become familiar with cellular makeup. Students understand the anatomy and physiology of the human systems and comprehend the interdependence of these systems.
Ms. Sibrizzi comments on students doing this project from home. "I think this project worked very well during KingIsHome because students were less concerned about the appearance of their models and focused on the content. It's definitely something that I want to do again in the future because it also required a different type of creativity. Students used everything from PVC pipes to make life-size models to cut-up water bottles, paper towel rolls, crayons, and pasta. Some students even used their materials to act as analogies and took it deeper than just a labeled model."