Types of Tissues

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SWBAT identify and describe the four types of tissue present in the human body.

Big Idea

Cells are organized into tissues. Tissues have specialized functions.


10 minutes

I begin this lesson by writing the definition for tissue on the white board. I inform student that cells working together to complete a job are called tissues. I ask students to list the kinds of jobs that tissues might do in the human body and record their responses on the whiteboard (I revisit this list in the closing section of the lesson).

In the link, there is some excellent background information on the four types of human tissues.  

Guided Practice

20 minutes

Next, I tell the students that they will learn about the four types of human tissues and that they will use their knowledge to create a human tissue graphic organizer. I guide this process so that at the end of the lesson, each student has an accurate and complete graphic organizer.

As I introduce each type of tissue, I write the name on the whiteboard, show pictures of the tissue, describe different types of that tissue, and describe the functions of the tissue. After I share information with the students, I ask them to draw a picture of the tissue type on the front of the graphic organizer. I then model for students how to write the function of the tissue on the inside of the graphic organizer. Here is an example of a completed outside and inside of the graphic organizer. 

A video of a student explaining the four types of tissues can be found here.


15 minutes

To close the lesson, I revisit the list of tissue functions that the students created at the start of the lesson. I ask students to guess which tissue type might be responsible for each job on the list. On the whiteboard, I use a different pen color for each tissue type, so that at the end of the lesson, the students are able to see the many functions of each tissue type. 

I then ask students to complete a tissue quick check to assess their understanding of the topic we addressed in this lesson.