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Blood and Guts – Magic Poo


We are now into our 4th lesson:  The Digestive System.  Now, Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology added the renal system in with it, but I’m choosing to wait until we’ve mastered one before we get to another.


What does this have to do with Magic Poo? Well, the way poo is made is pretty darn magical, and if I could fart sparkles to prove my point, I would.  Unfortunately, I’m left with simply helping the kids to visualize and understand, so I made up a fun bulletin board to help.

Schooled in Love:  Magic Poo

Blood and Guts – Bone Labeling Game


It really is difficult to learn the names of all our bones.  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is really quite a bit of information to soak up!  Yesterday, I made a game for my bulletin board to help my students with that issue.

I used the same cut-outs we’re using for our lapbooks, for consistency.  I really suggest Scholastic’s The Body Book, by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne.  It gives a close-up, in-depth look at the body, while not going into it so heavily that the kids get overwhelmed.

I copied the skeleton onto cardstock, colored it, and cut it out.  …and cut.  …and cut.  I mounted the pieces onto colored poster board (it took two posters) and laminated it.  For the labels, I made the list below, printed it on cardstock, cut out the words, and laminated them.  Once I had all the labels laid out, I used Velcro strips to secure them to the poster.  Finally, I peeled all the labels off, and used a black Sharpie and a ruler to draw the lines to the bones that needed them for labeling purposes.

Here are the labels, if you wish to print them off.  I forgot PELVIS when I printed and laminated mine, but it’s on there for you.  🙂

Bone Game Labels

Ways to play:

1.  Have all the labels on the board.  Go through and have them touch the different bones.  Having interesting ways of association will help them remember the names.  For instance, have them relax their knees and shift their patella around, or have them wiggle their fingers and toes and call them “dancing phalanges.”

2.  Take the labels off the board.  As you add each label, play Simon Says.  “Simon says, touch your cranium.”  See if they can do it without seeing the labels.

3.  Divide the class into two teams.  Give the first person on each team a label.  Have them run up and stick it to the correct spot.  If they get it right, they run back and the next person on the team tries the next label.  The team that finishes their half of the label stack first, wins.



The Ticket System

In our co-op, some of us use the ticket system of rewarding our kiddos.  In this way, if the kids do good, they can earn tickets.  If they mess up, they can have their tickets taken away.  At the end of each quarter, they get a pizza party, and we set up a shop for them to spend their tickets.  The stuff we (the teachers) “sell” is usually dollar-store items, or things that are nice, but didn’t sell in a garage sale, or what-have-you.  All the stuff is donated by us (because we’re a co-op), but if you’re a regular school, the parents can bring stuff in throughout the year.  The kids have to have at least 25 tickets to be able to participate in the pizza party.  Whatever they have left over can be spent in the store.  Don’t worry – even Wal Mart doesn’t have deals like these.

I made a board in my room (because I LOVE interactive bulletin boards!) to hold our tickets.  I found plastic magnetic buckets at the dollar store (made for lockers, but PERFECT for my plan!), and just pinned them up on the board.  Each kid got his or her own bucket.  I bought blank cardstock tags, wrote each kid’s name on them, and use glue dots to adhere the tags to the buckets.  I made up two pages:  how you can get tickets, and how you can lose them, and put them up on the board.  I also found giant “tickets” for decoration, and I think it turned out fabulously!

When someone does something to earn a ticket, I let them put it in.  Alternatively, when they do something to warrant a ticket taken away, THEY have to pull it out of their bucket.

You can make up your own reward/consequences sheets, but if you’d like to use mine, here they are:  Earn Tickets – Lose Tickets

Just simply click on the link and print it out.  🙂