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HealthCenter21: A&P - Endocrine System

This module provides an overview of the structure and function of the endocrine system, including how the system regulates the body using hormones secreted by endocrine glands. Additionally, students learn about diseases and disorders of the endocrine system, including symptoms, causes, and treatments.

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The endocrine system module is designed according to the AES course framework, which includes four phases:

  1. Explore
  2. Learn & Practice
  3. Reflect
  4. Reinforce

Below you'll discover how AES can help you teach your students about the endocrine system according to these four phases.


Phase 1: Explore

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Trivia Questions

This trivia challenge includes a mix of interesting and challenging facts about the endocrine system to kickstart student learning. This activity can be done individually or in teams as a game.


Phase 2: Learn & Practice

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Unit 1: Structure and Function

In this unit, students learn about the function of the endocrine system and how hormones are "chemical messengers" in the bloodstream. Students compare and contrast endocrine and exocrine glands, cover the various glands of the endocrine system, and learn about the role of the hormones they secrete in regulating the body.

 

Unit 2: Diseases and Disorders

In this unit, students learn about diseases and disorders related to the endocrine system.

 


Phase 3: Reflect

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Questions and Discussion

This activity provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon and apply what they learned to situations in their lives and health-related settings. The questions encourage students to consider what they learned about the endocrine system and how it connects to other systems.

Students can complete this assignment as homework or teachers can use the questions to lead a class discussion.

 


Phase 4: Reinforce

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Crossword Puzzle

For this activity, students complete a crossword puzzle about the endocrine system to reinforce the glossary words and medical terminology. Students can work individually or in small groups to complete the puzzle.

Advanced Treatment Research Project

Students research an advanced treatment for a disease or disorder related to the endocrine system to better understand medical procedures beyond the typical treatments. Students are encouraged to explore current, innovative, cutting-edge, non-traditional, and other treatment options as part of this project.

Students can work individually or in small groups to create a research paper or presentation.

Careers Research

In this project, students research three healthcare careers related to the endocrine system. This activity is an opportunity to apply what they learned in the lessons to career opportunities.

This activity can be completed as homework, as in-class work, or as a presentation.

Diseases and Disorders Research

Students research a disease or disorder related to endocrine system in greater detail than presented in the module. Students explain the etiology, pathology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and potential disease prevention. This activity can be completed as homework, as in-class work, or as a presentation.

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