What is Skin For?

Smooth or scaly, skin is sensational! Besides keeping us from being gooey, what does it do? Pupils embark on an integumentary investigation with a short video about skin. Topics include the special features of skin cells, how skin protects us from physical and biological harm, and a comparison of skin types between humans and animals.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to kick off an integumentary system unit
  • Create a stations lab where pupils examine skins from different types of animals and have them compare them in terms of texture and thickness
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should know basic cell structure terms before watching the video
Pros

  • Illustrates how our brains and powers of reasoning make it possible for us to survive without super-thick scales
  • The animations are amusing and provide excellent visual reference for pupils learning how skin cells transform to create the outer layer of our skin
Cons

  • None