Persuasive examples

Stage 2 students are chugging along with preparing their “Why is my body part important?” skits/speeches/presentations and I wanted a few more examples of persuasive media from Youtube:

Bill Nye the science guy – “Whatta brain”

How many germs actually live on your hands?

Since none of the groups were able to choose the brain (we’d all agreed it was already “the most important body part”), and no one was tackling anything related to handwashing and germs, these clips should be motivational for the groups formulating their oral presentations. We’ve also discussed the elements of persuasive texts and images, and popular television game shows where individuals are eliminated after having to “perform” a task for a panel of judges. How will the groups ensure that their body part(s) can be “more important”?

Cells up close

Our Stage 2 students are researching the human body in science and technology. We have made great use of the books, “The magic school bus inside the human body” by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan, “Exploring your skeleton: funny bones and not-so-funny bones” by Pamela R Bishop and Liz Callen, and “I know how my cells make me grow” by Kate Rowan and Katharine McEwen (from the “Sam’s science” series).

But nothing beats seeing some human cells up close and in action. Thank you to Youtube and the library’s IWB. (Remember those days of 30 students trying to peer down the barrel of a single microscope?)

Red blood cells under microscope

White blood cell chases bacteria

Red blood cells

Cell division (simulation)

Mitosis in real time