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Brynne's First Science Unit ~ The Human Body

On Thursdays, Brynne will do unit studies, most of them Science-based. This year we will study: The Human Body, Autumn, Veteran's Day, Christmas, Shells, Winter, Dogs, and The Solar System. Some of these are Amanda Bennett Download-n-Go unit studies. Some are Magic School Bus based studies. And we'll just build our own Christmas lessons.

Our first study will be on The Human Body.

Supplies Used:
  1.  The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole
  2.  "The Magic School Bus: The Human Body" dvd
  3. Young Scientist Club kit: A Journey Into the Human Body
  4. "Build a Body" by WikiEducator
  5. "Banquet for the Bunch" by Kortni Nelson

We will do the following for this unit:

Thursday, August 18th ~ Introduction
  • Watch "The Magic School Bus: The Human Body" dvd
  • Trace Brynne's body onto the back of a large body poster provided by the Young Scientist Club kit: A Journey Into the Human Body (Magic School Bus)
Thursday, August 25th ~ Bones
  • Read: Dem Bones by Bob Barner
  • Add "bones" to life-size Brynne with masking tape, q-tips for fingers and toes
  • Do Pages 6-9 of the teaching guide from the Young Scientist Club kit (experiments about bones, ball and socket joints, synovial fluid, and muscles and bones)
  • Make boneless and boney hands with rubber gloves, craft sticks and flour
Thursday, September 1st ~ Respiratory System
  • Read: Breathe in, Breathe out: learning about your lungs by Pamela Hill Nettleton
  • Add nose, lungs, mouth, windpipe and diaphram to life-size Brynne
  • Do Pages 10-11 of the teaching guide from the Young Scientist Club kit (experiments about diaphram and lungs)
Thursday, September 8th ~ Circulatory System
  • Read: Thump thump: learning about your heart by Pamela Hill Nettleton
  • Add heart, arteries, veins, red blood cells to life-size Brynne
  • Do Pages 12-13 of the teaching guide from the Young Scientist Club kit (experiments about heart and heart rate)
Thursday, September 15th ~ Digestive System
  • Read: Gurgles and Growls: learning about your stomach by Pamela Hill Nettleton
  • Add large intestines, small intestines, stomach, esophagus, liver and mouth to life-size Brynne
  • Do Pages 14-15 of the teaching guide from the Young Scientist Club kit (experiments about starch breakdown and taste buds)
  • Do Digestor Inspector from Mad Science summer camp
Thursday, September 22nd ~ Nervous System
  • Read: Think, think, think: learning about your brain by Pamela Hill Nettleton
  • Add brain, nerves and spinal cord to life-size Brynne
  • Do Page 16 of the teaching guide from the Young Scientist Club kit (experiment about ear balance)
  • Do wheel pasta/gummy bear/pipe cleaner spine
Thursday, September 29th ~ Urinary System (brief) and Nutrition
  • Add kidney and bladder to life-size Brynne
  • Read: Showdown at the Food Pyramid by Rex Barron and The Edible Pyramid by Loreen Leedy
  • Do Food Pyramid projects found at "Banquet for the Bunch" by Kortni Nelson.


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