Lesson 2: How are glucose levels regulated in the body?
This lesson is part of the unit:
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the endocrine system and its role in maintaining blood glucose homeostasis in the body. Students model the endocrine system by participating in a system that makes cheese and crackers. Students then watch a video explaining the fundamental aspects of the endocrine system. Afterwards, students discuss what parts of their cracker and cheese production system represented specific aspects of the endocrine system. To further relate the lesson to glucose homeostasis, students develop a model for the action of glucagon and insulin in the body by organizing cards that represent different organs, hormones, receptors, and intracellular molecules.