Friday, September 19, 2014

Our First Grade Human Body Study

Rose and I are are starting our year of biology with a 10-12 week study of the human body. This is a subject she is very interested in, so it has been a lot of fun! For our human body study we are using three primary texts.

Our "spine" is My Body. This is a very unique little book. Each page is dedicated to one or more topics (skeleton, heart and lungs, brain...). There is a paragraph or two, which I read aloud to her.  But the best part is that each page includes a paper model to color and cut out. I photocopy the page so we can keep the book intact.  Once it's cut out, we attach the model to our "paper person", which hangs on the door of our home library. I had her lie down on a large piece of paper so that I could trace her for this. You can see that I probably should have flunked kindergarten due to poor cutting skills!

So far we have added the brain, heart, kidneys, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas, and bladder. Since I took this photo we have also added the lungs and the bones of the leg. 

The second thing we do every week is to read about our "organ of the week" in the Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia. The one that we are using is out of print, but could easily be replaced by another encyclopedia.


After we read the page I  ask her for a narration, which I write down for her. Sometimes she says she remembers nothing, so I prompt her a little by asking questions.  If she wants to she draws a picture, then we file the narration in her science binder. 

To wrap up the week, we do an activity or two from Everybody Has a Body.

This is a book I already owned, otherwise I do not think I would pay the current list price for it! The activities in the book are fairly simple, which is fine for her right now. So far we have done things like guessed which parts of her body would be the most ticklish (and then testing with a feather), collected some objects and guessed which ones she would be able to pick up with her hands versus her feet, and things like that. The activities are mostly very minimal prep and take only a few minutes to do. It is geared towards a classroom setting, but most of the activities are do-able or adaptable for homeschool.   I do not correlate the activities with the readings, we just work though the book at our own pace.

We have also enjoyed reading The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body over and over. Our copy is very well-loved!

She likes to watch an episode from our Magic School Bus Human Body DVD occasionally.

And I have the Magic School Bus website bookmarked for additional experiments and games if we want them.

And that is how we are studying the human body this year!

1 comment:

  1. We all missed the first week of the olympics, but ever since then I've loved how the kids get influenced all in their own way by watching. We've got one who submitted a figure skater (wrong Olympics, I know) with her home screen on the computer with the words "number one goal. " Our Gabby comes running from anywhere in your house when the other Gabby is on. Wish in it. I love how it still inspires all of us.