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Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of biology concepts and standards through the use of models and classroom manipulatives. Students will use their increased comprehension of the concepts to make more accurate observations and draw concept related conclusions.

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Anatomy Models - Hands-On Science for High Needs Students

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School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Janet Cunningham 
Students Impacted:
30 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 19, 2022

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Junior League of St. Petersburg - $625.00

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Goal

Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of biology concepts and standards through the use of models and classroom manipulatives. Students will use their increased comprehension of the concepts to make more accurate observations and draw concept related conclusions.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students will utilize science models and classroom manipulatives to learn the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards related to High School Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and High School Health. Students will be able to work with the materials in the classroom.

The students will have hands-on opportunities to utilize models through the use of materials requested through this grant. Students can explore human anatomy through manipulating the sections of the human torso model. The lobes and sections of the brain will be explored through hands on activies using the human brain model. Understanding of various joint movements will be explored through use of the knee and shoulder models. The eye model will allow the students to understand the human eye as a tool for vision which utilizes a lens, retina and vitreous fluid as working parts. The uterus and ovaries model will provide a 3D understanding of the reproductive anatomony which is required in High School Biology (SC.912.L.14.33 Describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system). All anatomical models are durable and will be able to be used for multiple classes over many years.

Through hands on experiences with the anatomical models, multiple grade levels of students will develop a more comprehensive understanding of concepts of biology, anotomoy and physiology which they struggle to conceptualize.

 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will become more familiar with the complex concepts related to High School Biology, Anotomy and Physiology. Models provide a 3D environment for increased interactive student engagement. Evidence from science education research shows that significant learning gains are achieved when students participate in interactive engagement activities. Models are useful for helping students learn various skills including quantitative skills such as graphing, visualization; statistics; and computational skills.

Models are recognized as being a vital component for science education. SC.912.N.3.5, "Describe the function of models in science, and the wide range of models used in science."  

 

Describe the Students

All students are Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students. Students are Emotional-Behavioral Disorders, Other Health Impaired, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and/or School Based Mental Health. The students are served in an ESE center with 100% ESE population. All students receive free breakfast and lunch.

Students tend to be low performers in the traditional school setting. Students are staffed into the school through ESE Services with guardian approval. Low class ratio, social skills training infused throughout the day, weekly counseling and case management services assist the students to reduce behavioral concerns. Subject area teachers are dually certified with ESE certification in order to implement the most effective ESE classroom teaching strategies to help the students improve their subject understanding, knowledge base and show learning gains.

ESE Students tend to learn best through a combination of learning styles including visual, kinestetic and auditory, Providing the kinestetic, hands-on activity of working on a model increases engagement and retention. Students tend to be able to conceptualize the more rigorous high school standards when they are engaged in hands on data collection and discovery.

 

 

Budget Narrative

All materials are durable and can be reused through multiple classes over many years. Models are not subject to revisions and will remain current for subsequent classes.
Reusable models compose a majority of the grant request at $600.00. Classroom teaching aids compose $25.00. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Hand2mind 19" Tabletop Human Torso $120.00
2 Enlarged Human Heart Science Model $65.00
3 Vevor Human Brain Model 4 Parts $150.00
4 Uterus and Ovary Model $100.00
5 Medical Student Human Anatomy Cube $25.00
6 2 Pack Seletal System Posters $10.00
7 Anatomical Knee Joint with Ligaments $40.00
8 Anatomical Shoulder Joint with Ligaments $50.00
9 Human Eye Anatomical Model $50.00
10 The Eye Chart Wall Poster $15.00
  Total: $625.00

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