Does anyone have any good resources for a human body unit study, for grades 1-2? Websites or YouTube videos? Books? Thank you!!!,
Hello! We are currently in the midst of our human body unit for first grade. There is no way I can link everything we are doing - all of the activities, lessons, etc, but I’ll point you in the direction after I give a quick explanation of what we are doing. First we traced my daughter’s body onto large brown paper (I got a big roll from the dollar store). Day 1 we did the skeleton - I will give the link below - I printed out a skeleton the size of a child (link below) - laminated it (not necessary, but I want to use it with my son in a few years) - we glued/taped all of the bones onto her brown paper body (and read LOTS of books… did a few experiments to show why bones are important to your body - also printed out xray pics to play xray memory with - link below). Day 2 we added muscle - got cheap red table cloth from dollar store (because it’s see-through) - cut it to size and placed it over the brown paper body (didn’t attach as we have to add anatomy below! also lots of books and discussion). Day 3 - respiration - used a printout of a lung, a straw and bubble wrap - cut our ribs up the center and folded back to place the lungs and trachea under (books and made a balloon lung in a bottle I found on Pinterest). Day 4 - Heart - added a paper heart on the lungs - used red and blue string to add veins and arteries - discussed which did what and read books. Day 5 - we did digestion - did some experiments to show how stomach works - added a straw esophagus and printouts of stomach, small and large intestines, and liver to our brown paper person - yes it covered some of our veins and arteries, but it’s okay - kids understand since this is flat things get covered. Tomorrow we’ll do the brain and nervous system - then next week germs and nutrition. We may also make a small felt person with different felt body parts the kids can play with to put anatomy in correct spots. I hope this makes sense and helps - the number of ideas on pinterest alone was overwhelming. I’ll put a few links below that got me started… feel free to ask any other questions - and have fun!
Here is the website I found most useful to get me started - most of what I just described is from here… http://thehometeacher.org/2012/03/human-body-printables.html
skeleton printout - http://eskeletons.org/sites/eskeletons.org/files/files/resources/000646791.pdf
xray printouts - I made 2 of each so we could play memory - http://s1047.photobucket.com/user/Medusa-Hair/library/Bones?sort=3&page=1
This is a great website - scroll about half way down until you get to her human body unit - lots of links and ideas - some more in depth than what we needed, but good ideas to get started: http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.de/p/blog-page.html
This is just cute - may make as a wrap up to our unit - http://iijuan12.hubpages.com/hub/human-body-unit-study-presentations-and-field-trip-ideas
I also bought this - it cost $1.50 - was very worth it and cute! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Human-Body-Systems-Flip-Book-1210733
and Pinterest - all of my demonstrations/experiments came from pinterest - we focused on skeleton, muscles, digestion, circulatory (heart, veins, arteries), respiratory and neuro/brain - all at a first grade level - will go into more detail in later years. You could also do senses (we will slightly review these, but we did a major sense unit last year)
We just finished our study of the human body. My kids are a bit older but one of the books we used was great and I think it could be used with just about any age. It also has Internet links included in the chapters. It’s called the First Encyclopedia of the Human Body by Usborne
@triton17 WOW WOW WOW!!! Thank you!!! You are always a wealth of info:) sooooo many ideas, now I need to organize and get it all ready! May I ask what your science curriculum is? You seem so organized with pulling a unit study together:)
@csuttermedic oh good idea! I love Usborne books, I wonder if Amazon would have it…thanks for the suggestion!
@triton17 I can’t seem to get the X-ray pics to print…how did you print the,?
My kids liked the How the Body Works videos. They are short movies, I think they are suitable for first and second graders. I hope you enjoy them as we did. http://kidshealth.org/kid/closet/movies/how_the_body_works_interim.html
these have book and activities as well as printables. I believe the human body unit has printables of organs for a large body cut-out. Hope this helps!
@triton17 **them thanks again
This could not of come at a more perfect time! Im putting together a lesson for my 1st and 2nd graders for next week. So far im going off of EasyPeasy with a few books I received from the library.
@Luvmyboys - just saw this - I remember it being a pain to get the xrays onto word to print. I’m assuming I still have the word document I put them all on for printing - we are on our way out the door now, but I’ll private message you the file later this evening… I’ll also answer your other question about our curriculum
@Elizabeth Thanks! I just checked out the movies and will definatley be using them:)
@michelletown I always forget about homeschool share! Just printed off the books:)
@acaciap is Easypeasy the website ? I’ll have to check it out! Any particular thing you found helpful?
I love what you are doing for this unit study. Could I get the info too?
BTW - I also went to youtube.com and typed in “story bot body songs” - they are short, but very cute - my kids loved them - there is one song for each body system we learned about. Also - you can try school house of rock body songs - some good (but old!) songs from our childhoods
@triton17 LOL, I love schoolhouse rocks!