Lake Youngs – Sources of Taste and Odor Problems in Lake Youngs

This task is targeted to students in grades 6–8 studying body systems or algal blooms. Students develop a model showing the interactions that allow humans to detect issues in water quality based on the taste of the water.

Assessment 3D Learning Target

Develop a model of the cells and other structures that interact within the body’s subsystems to produce a taste response.

Standard Addressed

PE: MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. 

By Dimension: Specific dimension pieces that this assessment will center on.


Developing and Using Models

  • Develop a model to describe unobservable mechanisms.


LS1.A: The Structure and Function of Organisms

  • In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions.


Systems and System Models

  • Systems may interact with other systems; they may have sub-systems and be a part of larger complex systems.



  • Neeraj Agnihotri, Kent School District
  • Baljinder Grewel, Kent School District
  • Jacob Parikh, OSPI