Posts Tagged ‘body’

Three-Dimensional Anatomy Poster

Friday, November 12th, 2010


Years ago when we studied anatomy, my children made a life-sized poster of each of the systems of the body, one by one as we studied them. The child would lie down on the butcher paper, and we would trace the real body of the child. We usually covered one system a week or one system for two weeks. We colored each system a different color so that we could distinguish which was which. It was a fun project that the children enjoyed.

Recently when I went to the state fair with my children, we saw a three-dimensional anatomy poster of two of the systems of the body: the circulatory and digestive systems. The intestine was made of panty-hose, and the stomach was a clear plastic bag with cut-out pictures of food in it. (I like humor in a project occasionally because it adds personality to the artwork.) A drinking straw was the esophagus. The heart, lungs, and trachea were made of felt, and it looked like the child stuffed it and sewed it around the edges. The brain was like the bottom part of an old-fashioned mop. It was really fun to look at!

Anatomy Display (Science Learning Center)

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010


Since my YouTube video clip about organizing educational bins was highly popular, I thought I’d share another example of an educational display that is a science learning center. The bin that I showed you in the video clip was about anatomy, and here was the science learning center that I set up for my children during that unit.

We had several fun books that had clear overlays with each system of the body. I had a skeleton model that I bought for a dollar at a used curriculum sale. The anatomy chart was purchased at a teacher supply store, and it helped the children to learn the different body systems, which they drew, life-sized, of their own bodies traced on butcher paper. The human heart opens up, and you can see the different chambers. This would be good for high school, too, because it was very detailed. I got that at a teacher supply store as well. Let’s see, oh, yeah, we also had a see-through model of the systems of the body. That was kind of frustrating, actually, even though the kids loved it, because it was hard to stuff all the body parts back inside. Anyway, I hope this display is helpful to you as you homeschool your own children and get them excited about learning a specific subject.

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