Hands-on, inquiry-based science is a standard at ACS. Fifth graders start with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and conduct a simulation of the human digestive system from start to finish!
Claren Lugo and Jasmine Veliz explain how building a model of a lung helps them understand.
"In class, we are studying the human body, and how we breathe. The lungs are the major organ of the respiratory system.The purpose of the respiratory system is to bring oxygen into the body.The components of the respiratory system are the mouth, trachea, bronchus, lungs, and alveoli.
I designed a lung out of clay, balloons, and straws. Jasmine and I put four straws for the trachea , clay to hold the straws, and balloons for the lungs. We need lungs so we can breathe and live. Our design is like the respiratory system because the straws are like the trachea where oxygen comes in from the mouth, and then it goes into your lungs which are made from the balloons. It was fun to work with a partner to make our own lungs."