Life Systems – Focusing on Animals

Grade 8 – Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems

  1. Systems in living things – structure and function of cells in animals.
  2. Organization of cells into tissues, organs and organ systems.


Tech. – 1) Students will develop their knowledge.

Overall Expectations:

  1. Understand the basic structure and function of animal cells.
  2. Describe the hierarchical organization of cells in animals.
  3. Describe ways in which study of the structure, function and interdependence of human organ systems can result in improvements in human health, (ditto for animals).

1.  Draw, or create on a computer, a picture of a specific animal depicting the 5 major organs and label.  Place within the picture 7 diagrams, each of a different type of cell, label and colour them. (alternatively, multiple diagrams can be built as a multilevel diorama).

  1. Arts curriculum…

As a connection between humans and animals that relates our similarities, human migration is different in it’s permanence, or is it?  How does human migration relate to the cyclical/seasonal pattern of animals (i.e. work related, seasonal jobs – farming, lumber industry, fishing for Japanese men who travel halfway around the world…– typically work that relates to natural resources)
1. Study migration patterns of an animal at the zoo such as the African elephant, wild mallard ducks on our ponds, or our grants zebra, or; a Canadian species such as the Monarch butterfly, caribou, red-tailed hawk, or peregrine falcon.

1.  Systems and cells in animals and humans – animal research as it relates to human needs and medicine.  Choose an animal with a research history that is crucial to human health and development and choose an animal that has been frivolously used for research.  Argue for and against both forms of research, explaining pros and cons of each and present to the class your findings.  (EXTEND with class vote on reasonable and unreasonable experimentation.  Take action with unreasonable and write a letter or create a petition to relate your opinion to the appropriate organization.  TAKE NOTE – research must be unbiased, use your head not your heart, some organizations prey on emotions with unscrupulous intentions as their end, these methods are not always in the best interest of animal and human relationships on our shared planet.)