Hi everyone! During my student teaching internship, I have created so many lessons that I absolutely loved. I had a really hard time narrowing down my "favorite"... However, a lot of my "favorites" are on pretty popular topics, which I have seen done/ posted about many times. So, I decided to share something that was a little different.
I was asked to teach the Circulatory & Urinary Systems in Vet Science. I had no idea where to go with the Urinary System (it can be difficult to make learning about pee fun...). We talked about the organs involved in urine production, as well as urinary diseases. I wanted to talk about urinalysis, since this a common test that vets use to diagnose health issues. However, I did not want to bring in real urine. After searching the internet, I found a website that provided recipes for fake urine, which, when tested, will read positive for various urinary diseases. This site also provided microscope slides and descriptions, but they were geared more towards humans. I took these things and created a lesson that focused on vet science.
I taught from a short PowerPoint (attached) to give my students an insight on what to look for when testing urine. I then split them into groups and provided them with the lab sheet and microscope slide photos (attached) and urine samples. My students were SO grossed out when I handed out the urine samples... it was great to see their reactions! Each group analyzed the urine using test strips, made observations about the urine and the microscope slides and used the patient descriptions to diagnose the patients' illnesses.
I hope that you can find this lesson as educational (and entertaining!) as I did... Enjoy
Below is the information regarding the attached lesson plan:
Area: Veterinary Science
Lesson Title: What is urinalysis?
Length of Lesson: 42 minutes
- Identify common urinary system problems in animals
- Explain the process of urinalysis
- Perform urinalysis on four urine samples
Target Audience: 9-12 grade students, with some prior knowledge about bodily systems