ALEX Lesson Plan


The Integumentary System

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Author:Susan Odom
System: Covington County
School: Straughn High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 11164


The Integumentary System


This lesson centers around a slideshow presentation that introduces students to an overview of human histology and provides images of each tissue type. Students are directed to a website to continue their integumentary study.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
SC (9-12) Anatomy and Physiology Elective
4. Classify tissues as connective, muscular, nervous, or epithelial.
SC (9-12) Anatomy and Physiology Elective
5. Identify anatomical structures and functions of the integumentary system.
  • Identifying accessory organs
  • Recognizing diseases and disorders of the integumentary system
  • Examples: decubitus ulcer, melanoma, psoriasis
    TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
    9. Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content.
  • Explaining consequences of illegal and unethical use of technology systems and digital content
  • Examples: cyberbullying, plagiarism
  • Interpreting copyright laws and policies with regard to ownership and use of digital content
  • Citing sources of digital content using a style manual
  • Examples: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA)
    TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
    11. Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.
    SC2015 (9-12) Human Anatomy and Physiology
    2. Analyze characteristics of tissue types (e.g., epithelial tissue) and construct an explanation of how the chemical and structural organizations of the cells that form these tissues are specialized to conduct the function of that tissue (e.g., lining, protecting).
    SC2015 (9-12) Human Anatomy and Physiology
    3. Obtain and communicate information to explain the integumentary system's structure and function, including layers and accessories of skin and types of membranes.
    a. Analyze the effects of pathological conditions (e.g., burns, skin cancer, bacterial and viral infections, chemical dermatitis) to determine the body's attempt to maintain homeostasis.

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will identify the major types of tissues. Students will identify the characteristics of each tissue type. Students will recognize diagrams and micrographs of cells in each tissue type.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    61 to 90 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Slides of various tissue types, microscope

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet access, PowerPoint software, LCD projector and screen or other computer projection system, PowerPoint presentation "The Integumentary System" (attached)


    1.)Write these opening "Bellringer" questions on the board for students to answer as class begins: 1. What is the main purpose of your skin? 2. List five possible ways to care for your skin.

    2.)Have student volunteers read their answers to the questions. Discuss the student responses to the "Bellringer" questions with the class.

    3.)View the slideshow presentation, "The Integumentary System" (attached). Instruct students to take notes. (Copies of notes can be provided for students requiring accommodations.)

    4.)Complete the lesson by participating in the Additional Online Activities listed on the last slide of the presentation. Other comparable activities can be substituted at the teacher's discretion.

    5.)Conduct a lab practicum using various prepared tissue slides which requires students to identify the tissue type featured at each station. Have students write a descriptive paragraph for each tissue included in the lab.

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    Assessment Strategies

    Conduct a lab practicum using various prepared tissue slides which requires students to identify the tissue type featured at each station. Have students write a descriptive paragraph for each tissue included in the lab. A teacher-made written test may also be administered.




    Students may label or color diagrams of skin layers and tissue types or make drawings of each.

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.