Homeostasis and Endocrine Systems Introduction

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Homeostasis & Endocrine System
Mrs. Anna Ward
Ridge Road MS
•The process which a living
organism maintains a
balanced internal
environment to stay alive
is called homeostasis.
• Homeostasis means “remaining the
same” in Latin.
• In order to survive, your body has
certain things that have to “remain
the same”
• When your body does this, it is
maintaining homeostasis.
Some examples of maintaining
• You walk outside without your sweatshirt in
• Your body temperature drops. Oops! Your body
does not like this because cells could die from
the cold.
• Your brain tells your muscles to shiver, creating
heat for your cells until you can return to the
heat of your classroom.
Another example….
• You find an old take out container in your fridge.
You don’t realize how old it is and are actually
eating spoiled food!
• You actually ingest tons of bacteria that starts
invading your body systems.
• Once the brain recognizes that there is an
intruder, you brain tells your digestive system to
rid itself of the foreign toxin ASAP through
vomiting and diarrhea and dispatches antibodies
to kill remaining bacteria.
One final one…
• You drink a lot of water right before bedtime.
• Your body has more water than the cells need.
• Your brain registers this and tells your urinary
system to remove the excess water through your
Brain POP
• http://www.brainpop.com/health/bodysystems/
Homeostasis Lab Table (Page 20)
Slowing down our heart
Chair climbing 1 min
Chair climbing 2 min
Chair climbing 3 min
Resting 1 minute after
Pulse Rate
Homeostasis lab
• Take your pulse
• I’m going to be timing you for 10 seconds. Once
those 10 seconds is up, you’ll be multiplying that
number by 6.
• Record it into the table that we drew.
Homeostasis lab continued
• Think of something peaceful.
• Resist the urge to giggle.
• Take your pulse again this time.
• Record it into the table that we drew.
Homeostasis lab continued
• Chair climbing
• Using the beat of the metronome, you will be
climbing on top of your chair to the beat.
Take your pulse, multiply it by six.
Record your heart rate.
Do this 2 more times.
Check for understanding…
On your notecard….
Why would sweating be good for your body????
How is it related to homeostasis?
Endocrine System…so what is it???
• The Endocrine System uses
chemical messages through
hormones and glands to regulate
the body.
• An activity
Brain Pop!!! Endocrine System
Parts of the Endocrine System:
• HORMONES: chemicals that
sends metabolic messages in the
• GLANDS: organs that produce
Hormones control:
Rate of Growth and Development
Body Temperature
Pretty much any process you can think of is
influenced by hormones in some way!!!
Nervous and Endocrine…
• All messages in the body are sent either the
endocrine or nervous system
• As a general rule of thumb:
▫ Fast responses (moving or thinking)
=Nervous System
▫ Slow responses (growing, changes in the body)
=Endocrine System

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