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The Body: Gross, Yucky, and Oh So Cool!

from Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University

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Human bodies are amazing and wonderful. They are also gross!! Our bodies have everything from boogers to poop, including other creatures living on us. Parts of us can get really smelly some times, too. This program takes a look at some of those gross things and examines the science behind them. If you?re a squeamish adult, take caution, we may gross you out!

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Multipoint: $125.00
Point to Point: $125.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University

Indianapolis, IN
United States

We provide quality experiences that promote science learning for students, educators, and the general public. The Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University provides participants with lively demonstrations, experiments, and hands-on life science discovery based on Indiana State Education and National Science Education standards.

Janice Slaughter

Program Details


1. This program includes many activities and labs for students to participate in during the connection.
2. Students will explore mucus, bacteria, poop, scabs and sweat.


1.Students will begin to be able to explain that the human body houses many forms of life.
2.Students will explain that some microorganisms are dependant on humans.
3.Students will express that humans will always have living organisms on and inside them, no matter how clean a person is!
4.Students will verbally communicate that most of the forms of life on the human body are not harmful.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-4.2 Physical Science
As a result of the activities in grades k-4, all students should develop and understanding of
Properties of objects and materials

NS.5-8.2 Physical Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of Properties of objects and materials

NS.K-4.3 Life Science
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of
The characteristics of organisms

NS.5-8.3 Life Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
Structure and function in living systems
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

NS.K-4.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of
Personal health

NS.5-8.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
Personal health

State Standards

Science Standards
The Nature of Science and Technology
3.1.2 Participate in different types of guided scientific investigations such as observing objects and events and collecting specimens for analysis.
3.1.3 Keep and report records of investigations and observations using tools such as journals, charts, graphs, and computers.
3.1.4 Discuss the results of the investigations and consider the explanations of others.
3.1.5 Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively while respecting the ideas of others and communicating one's own conclusions about findings.
3.1.6 Give examples of how tools have affected the way we live. microscopes
4.1.5 Demonstrate how measuring instruments, such as microscopes, telescopes, and cameras, can be used to gather accurate information for making scientific comparisons of objects and events. Note that measuring instruments, such as rulers, can also be used for designing and constructing things that will work properly.
5.1.4 Give examples of technology, such as telescopes, microscopes, and cameras, that enable scientists and others to observe things that are too small or too far away to be seen without them and to study the motion of objects that are moving very rapidly or hardly moving.

Scientific Thinking
2.2.5 (Explore & Discover and Brain MotorVator) Draw pictures and write brief descriptions of that correctly portray key features of an object.
3.2.4 Appropriately use simple tools, such as clamps, rulers, scissors, hand lenses, and other technology, such as calculators and computers, to help solve problems.
4.2.5 Write descriptions of investigations, using observations and other evidence as support for explanations.
5.2.7 Read and follow step-by-step instructions when learning new procedures.

The Living Environment
2.4.2 Observe that and describe how animals may use plants, or even other animals, for shelter and nesting.
3.4.9 Explain that some diseases are caused by germs and some are not. Note that diseases caused by germs may be spread to other people. Also understand that hand washing with soap and water reduces the number of germs that can get into the body or that can be passed on to other people.
4.4.2 Investigate, observe, and describe that insects and various other organisms depend on dead plant and animal material for food.
4.4.6 Explain how in all environments, organisms are growing, dying, and decaying, and new organisms are being produced by the old ones.
4.4.7 Describe that human beings have made tools and machines, such as x-rays, microscopes, and computers, to sense and do things that they could not otherwise sense or do at all, or as quickly, or as well.
4.4.10 Explain that if germs are able to get inside the body, they may keep if from working properly. Understand that for defense against germs, the human body has tears, saliva, skin, some blood cells, and stomach secretions. Also note that a healthy body can fight most germs that invade it. Recognize, however, that there are some germs that interfere with the body's defenses.
5.4.6 Recognize and explain that most microorganisms do not cause disease and many are beneficial.

The Mathematical World
2.5.3 Observe that and describe how changing one thing can cause changes in something else such as exercise and its effect on heart rate.

Common Themes
2.6.2 Observe and explain that models may not be the same size, may be missing some details, or may not be able to do all of the same things as the real thing.
3.6.3 Explain how a model of something is different from the real thing but can be used to learn something about the real thing.
4.6.1 Demonstrate that in an object consisting of many parts, the parts usually influence or interact with one another.
5.6.1 Recognize and describe that systems contain objects as well as processes that interact with each other.

Language Arts Standards
Reading: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Vocabulary Development
2.1.5 Identify and correctly use regular plural words and irregular plural words (bacteria).
3.1.2 Read words with several syllables.

Reading: Reading Comprehension
2.2.7 Interpret Information from diagrams, charts, and graphs.

Listening and Speaking: Listening and Speaking Skills, Strategies, and Applications
2.7.4 Give and follow three- and four-step oral directions.
3.2.7 Follow simple multiple-step written instructions.
3.7.1 Retell, paraphrase, and explain what a speaker has said.
3.7.7 Use clear and specific vocabulary to communicate ideas and establish the tone.
4.7.1 Ask thoughtful questions and respond orally to relevant questions with appropriate elaboration.
4.7.2 Summarize major ideas and supporting evidence presented in spoken presentations.
5.7.1 Ask questions that seek information not already discussed.

Mathematics Standards
Algebra and Functions
5.3.7 Use information taken from a graph or equation to answer questions about a problem situation.

2.5.3 Describe which unit of length is most appropriate in a given situation.

Problem Solving
3.6.8 Decide whether a solution is reasonable in the context of the original situation.
4.7.9 Decide when a solution is reasonable in the context of the original situation.

Data Analysis and Probability
4.6.2 Interpret data graphs to answer questions about a situation.

Social Studies Standards
Individuals, Society, and Culture
2.5.4 Explain how changes in technology have influenced various traditions (hand washing).
4.5.5 Give examples of the impacts of science and technology on the migration and settlement patterns of various groups (sanitation).
5.5.6 Read accounts of how scientific and technological innovations have affected the way people lived in the early United States, and make predictions about how future scientific and technological developments may change cultural life (harmful e. coli).