Human Body Unit & Lapbook

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.

Human Body and Health Books

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.)

Muscle & Five Senses Extension

Here are pictures of the kids with their lapbooks.

Zippy with Human Body Lapbook

Zippy with Human Body Lapbook 2

JDBoy and Lapbook

JDboy and Lapbook

A couple close-ups of their covers

Human Body Lapbook Cover Human Body Lapbook Cover

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:

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Click here to see JD Boy’s Human Body Lapbook on Flickr!

Here’s a slide show of Zippy’s Human Body lapbook.

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Click here to Zippy’s Human Body Lapbook on Flickr!

11 thoughts on “Human Body Unit & Lapbook

  • March 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    We did a unit study on the human body a couple years ago and used some Usborne books too. Great job on the lap books!

  • March 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Those are terrific!!

  • March 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Loved the lapbooks. Doesn't it feeel wonderful to finish one, and have your children be so proud of the hard work. :)

  • March 4, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    These are great!

  • March 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Your children did a fantastic job!

  • March 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Those look GREAT!!! We are right now doing a small unit study on human body. My youngest are a bit too young for anything truly in depth right now so we're having fun just reading some good books (my 2 yr old calls the books with skeletons on the front the "scary book"…."Lets read the scary book, Mama!!" lol They LOVE them. We've been in general for two weeks now and next week we'll start looking at each individual system of the body. I have some lapbook activities planned to go along that.

    How FUN!! Your kiddos did an awesome job!!

  • March 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I'm sorry…I didn't mean to post anon. lol That's me up there ^^^ going on and on. ;)

  • March 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    What a great job they did on their lapbooks! I have shared your link on my Squidoo homeschool lens.

  • March 7, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Oh, I've certainly enjoyed my visit. The lapbooks are great and I'll have to look into "The House We Live In", as we love older living books.

    The pictures of Mexico were fabulous. I enjoyed learning about the dentists and the cemetary. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories.



  • March 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

    These look great!

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