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When we start again after break (1/10) we are going to do the human body. I have a few ideas in mind but need to get more organized!!

I have a this little body model thing I got from Scholastic so I plan on using that. From my college days I have a neat pattern that you paint on a shirt showing all the systems in the chest...but I'd have to buy paint for that. In a library book a while back I found one using jello, a ziplock bag and something else to show a cell.

I'm looking for library books, websites w/ info., free or inexpensive experiments, etc....basically anything cheap. LOL!

TIA!!

OH...the grade levels I am teaching to are 2nd/3rd and K.
 

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When Dd was interested we got poster board and went to work to create our human body named "Bob" lol. (We name everything Bob) We would go to the library and get books about the differant organs and what they did, and the different systems. Magic School Bus books were among her faves, and just random organ specific books that were kid friendly (kid section of library) Think quest Jr. (google it) had some human body entries if memory serves also.
 

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DD is getting an anatomy cd-rom for xmas. Last summer it was something like half-off at barnes&noble. Not sure if it's the same one the pp mentioned, but it is really cool, like those anatomy pages in old encyclopedias, except on the computer. She's been obsessed lately with the digestive and circulatory systems, and always talks about what's happening to the food she ate...
 

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OK, you said free orcheap so maybe this won't work but we like it so much that I'll mention it! We bought a game- I think it is called Some Body( I just tried to find it and it is hiding!) Anyway, threr are several ways to play it and I feel that it was a great investmet! We definately got the 30$ worth of value from it!
 

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Here are a few things in my 'anatomy file' I've been saving for later this year:

Here's a link about making a working model of a lung with pop bottles
http://hcs.harvard.edu/~xmentors/res...n/fifth/4.html

Marco Polo's newsletter this month is all about senses with a variety of activities. You can see it here:
http://www.marcopolo-education.org/M...s/Jan2005.html. The materials are for different age ranges.

You can try www.howstuffworks.com for answers about ...how stuff works. I know they have information about lungs on there - I'm sure they have other ones too.

Here are some links to make skeleton crafts
Macaroni Skeleton
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/skeletonmacaroni.html

Q-Tip Skeleton
http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/qtip.html

Skeleton Craft
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/cra...es/index.shtml

The Skeleton Jig Saw
http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas...on.asp?ID=4230

EasyFunSchool : Skeleton Bone Cookies
http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1394.html

Sites for kids to "play" on
An online game where you have to help a character put his body back together. Not as gruesome as it sounds - lol. The character sounds/looks like Arnold Schwartzenhoweveryouspellit....
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/inter...s/systems.html

http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/body/index.html

http://yucky.kids.discovery.com/body/

play Simon Says with body parts,
http://www.education-world.com/a_les...2/lp2193.shtml

printouts for labeling body parts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/sub...itlepage.shtml

Websites
A collection of resources including experiments, covering the major body systems
http://library.thinkquest.org/10348/

A collection of educational experiments and activities
http://www.proteacher.com/110025.shtml

lots of links - check out the neuroscience for kids activities link - cool things to do
http://members.tripod.com/exworthy/a...rvous%20System

Non-online resources and ideas
Bill Nye does a few videos on the human body - one on skin, one on bones and muscles, one on digestion etc. These are available at my library and they would probably appeal to your older kids.

I second DK's Human Body Explorer. You can usually get these on ebay pretty cheap and my kids love it. They also have a pop up body book which is great.

Janice Van Cleave has few books with science experiments about the body - one for young kids (K - Play and find out about the human body) and one for about gr 3 (Human body for every kid). My library carries this whole series - DEFINITELY worth a look if you can get them.

This book looks cute and might encourage some interesting writing projects too (the review includes a couple of experiment ideas)
http://www.educationworld.com/a_books/books094.shtml

Can you take them with you while you donate blood? My kids go with DH who schedules his appointment for the end of the night and then the nurses answer their questions.

Anyway - hope some of this helps
Have fun
Karen
 

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I just wanted to add that the library is a great place to find videos about your body. Remember that series that Richard Simmons did, where he dressed in a body suit and would talk about the function of a featured body part? I forgot what those are called but they still have those at my library. I think they are called "I am your (fill in the body part."

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I 2nd Human Body Explorer by DK. It is one of THE best children's software for any topic I have seen (and we have a lot of software over here!). My son can explain how a heart functions and what all the organs in the body do better than I can.

However be forewarned I could not get it to work on Windows XP. We use it on Mac OSX and OS9.
 

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Thanks! I have seen something like that but not so detailed! Very cool!!

So far I've found some good books at the library. This week is the brain and nervous system.
Next week...the heart and circulatory system.
 

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The Chidlcraft books that come with World Book Encyclopedias have a great body book. Your library probably has a set in the reference section. My 4yo reads it often. Also, we picked up an anatomy coloring book at a yard sale for $1! Only two pages used.
 

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There's a great DK book "How the Body Works" filled with demonstrations and models (with instructions on how to make them yourself) of how muscles work, a model of lungs that demostrates the role of the diaphragm, etc.
 

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Asked for ideas...got things together...started the unit on Wednesday....My oldest dd FREAKED.


She has always been so very sensitive about her body and things that happen to it (Lord help me get thru puberty!!!!). I got the library books out and announced we were going to start w/ the brain and nervous system. She buried her head in her knees and told me she didn't want to do it.

Things were going fine, although she still wasn't thrilled, until I flipped to a page w/ a picture of a real brain (I had looked thru the books beforehand and forgot it was in there...). SHE FREAKED OUT. Started crying...I had to ask her to go to her room so we could finish. My 4yo LOVED it..she was really into it all!!

I tried talking to her but didn't get an answer as to why she was so bothered.

After all that I decided to stop and do something else for Science.
 
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