We have been studying about the human body for several weeks. Our core book or spine has been the book The House We Live In. It is an older book (written in early 1900’s) that includes information not only about the body but how to keep it healthy. I really appreciated this approach. We have an amazing machine called our body and keeping it in good running condition is so very important.
Here is a quote from the back of that book that I thought was good: “Parents should seek to awaken in their children an interest in the study of physiology. From the first dawn of reason the human mind should become intelligent in regard to the physical structure. We may behold and admire the work of God in the natural world, but the human habitation is the most wonderful. It is therefore of the highest importance that among the studies selected for children, physiology occupy an important place. All children should study it. And then parents should see to it that ptractical hygiene is added.”
Besides this book we used: First Encyclopedia of the Human Body by Usborne so that we could see pictures as we learned about the body. We did a few experiments from: Usborne Book of Science Activities Vol. 3. We also had a few older books that had been given to us that we enjoyed: You and Your Body by Usborne and Time Life Human Body.
We also watched several Moody Science Classics in conjunction with our studies including: Red River of Life and Windows of the Soul as well as the The Wonders of God’s Creation: Human Life. We also found some really great online videos and animations. Please see my posts about the heart and circulatory system and the respiratory system for those references. I found most of these links by looking up the subject matter on Wikipedia and scrolling to the bottom of the page and opening up all of the external links. One of the ones we really enjoyed on the brain was by the University of Washington, called Brain Works.
Now for the lapbooks. These lapbooks were a big project, we worked on them for several weeks along side of our learning. Most of our ready-made printables came from Easy Make & Learn: Human Body. It has really fun printables in it, such as a muscle that flexes. (See photo below.)
Here are pictures of the kids with their lapbooks.
A couple close-ups of their covers
We got the pictures on their covers from searching on Life photo archive hosted by Google. And we cut the letters out with our Wishblade that we just got. That was fun. It’s also the only successful thing I’ve done with it so far.
As you can tell, these lapbooks are very full. We spent several weeks on this project. I invite you too look at all of the pictures on flickr! to see the different books for each subject that we covered. (Scroll down for links to the flickr! sets.)
Here’s a slide show of JD Boy’s Human Body Lapbook: