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Blood and Guts – Sensory Extravaganza!

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We held a “Sensory Extravaganza” at our co-op, and while it was a HUGE undertaking, it was an even BIGGER hit!  I had help from moms and older siblings to run fourteen stations (located in two rooms, the hallway, and a bathroom), as well as corral the kids when it was time to move.  I allowed for 3 minutes per station, and then I rang a bell, signifying it was time to move.  In hind-sight, if I were to do this again, I would change a few things.  Maybe listing them will help you, if you plan on being this crazy:

1.  Have all the stations lined up in numerical order.  I was only thinking about which space would be best for certain experiments and activities (for instance, you need a dark room for the Which Color Is it? test, so I chose the girl’s bathroom), and while that is very important, it is also very important to try to lay the stations in some semblance of order – or at least provide the kids/parents with a map!  It took way too long for kids to find the next station.

2.  Make sure the parents know that when the bell rings, no matter whether or not the student is finished, the student MUST switch to the next station – especially if you are having to stay within a time limit for the entire exercise.  Some parents held the kids back to finish the activity, and while that was a noble idea, it simply meant that the next child had even LESS time to complete it.

3.  Don’t give the cards to the kids.  Have the cards at the stations.  With pencils.  The kids spent WAY too much time sorting through their cards for different stations, trying to find the right one.  By simply having them at the station with the person running it, they would have more time to do the activity.

4.  Allow for more time for tasting stations, or offer less choices.  The tasting stations said they just didn’t have enough time to go through the process.  Live and learn!

I don’t want to sound like the entire process was rushed, because overall, things ran smoothly.  One we figured out what the hitches were, we tackled them, and kept going.  Each student was given a number 1-14 (I have 14 kids in the class, so that’s why I went with 14 stations).  They each went to their respective number, and started with that.  When the bell rang, they would switch to the next number on the number line.  So, if they started with number 7, they would move to station 8.  Once they were done with 8, they would move to 9.  When they finished with number 14, they would cycle through, starting with 1, until they got back to 7.  This way they would make sure they hit every one.  One parent or one older sibling ran each station.

Here are the activities we did:

L11 Experiment – Blind Spot (found in the Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology book)

L11 Experiment – Church Bells (an example of this experiment is found here)

L11 Experiment – Colorblindness Test (write the number you think it is on the left, and then write the number it actually is in the corresponding box on the right)

L11 Color Blindness Plates (the cards for the color blindness test)

L11 Experiment – Eye Chart (use a chart, or the chart in the book, and use folders to cover one eye and then the next)

L11 Experiment – Getting Dizzy (found in the book)

L11 Experiment – Hot vs. Cold Taste Test (found in the book)

L11 Experiment – Identifying Sounds (found in the book)

L11 Experiment – Mixed-Up Smells (found in the book)

L11 Experiment – Olfactory Taste Test (found in the book)

L11 Experiment – One Eye Open (found in the book – deals with depth perception)

L11 Experiment – Smell is Important for Tasting (found in the book)

L11 Experiment – Smelling Vanilla (found in the book)

L11 Experiment – Tuning Fork Fun (hit the tuning fork on a table and put it close to the ear, and then hit it once more and stick in water to see the sound waves)

L11 Experiment – What Color is This (found in the book – do this in a dark room)

 

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Blood and Guts – Labook: Lesson 2

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We have just finished up the 2nd part of our lapbooks:  Lesson 2, The Skeletal System for Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.  These things are becoming monstrous!  And we’re only on Lesson 2!  The original 10 file folders that I had the kids bring in will be used up completely by the 4th lesson, so I’ve already asked the parents to bring in more of them.

Lapbook:  Lesson 1 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 3 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 4 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 4B can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 6 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lessons 7 and 8 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 9 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 10 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 11 can be found here.

I use parts from Knowledge Box Central:  Chapters 1-7 can be found here, and Chapters 8-14 can be found here, as well as  Scholastic’s The Body Book, by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne.  I also make quite a few pieces myself (including the tests and answer keys), of which I’m sharing with you.  Hopefully, they will help you on your homeschooling journey, and you won’t have to get up every day at 5:00 am to put things like this together!

The Bone Labeling Game was a HUGE hit – especially when we played it relay-style!

We also did an easy project to show why God made our vertebrae with so many bones.  I gave out half of a straw and one pipe cleaner to each student.  I told them to thread the straw onto the pipe cleaner and then try to bend the straw.  The straw represents our backbone.  We wouldn’t be able to bend a vertebral column like that if God had given us one long bone.  Instead, He gave us many small bones, so I had the kids take the straw off the pipe cleaner, cut it into smaller pieces, and rethread the pieces.  Once again, I asked the students to bend the straw to show how many small bones help us to move, bend, and swivel.  They twisted the ends of the pipe cleaner together and added them in their lapbooks.

L2 Lapbook – Three Tiny Bones – This is a supplemental foldable.

L2 Lapbook – Osteo – This is a supplemental foldable.

L2 Lapbook – Ligaments – This is a supplemental foldable.

L2 Lapbook – Cartilage – This is a supplemental foldable.

L2 Lapbook – Bones make… – This is a supplemental foldable.

L2 Lapbook – Bone Dissection – This is a supplemental piece when dissecting the long bone.

L2 Lapbook – Bone Diseases – This is a supplemental page (because the kids like interesting medical phenomenon).

L2 Experiment – Brain-Skull Fluid – This is found on page 38.  Make sure you wrap tape around the plastic egg seam before dropping it!

L2 Experiment – Rubber Bones – This is found on page 53.  It’s also found all over the internet, if you need help.

L2 Experiment – Shock Absorber – This is found on page 43.

L2 Experiment – Synovial Fluid – This is found on page  51.

Here are the test and answer key for Lesson 2.  I also had the kids label a blank skeleton (found on page 31 of Apologia’s Anatomy Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology).  Could these titles get ANY longer??

L2 Test

L2 Test – Answer Key

And now for the pictures!

Blood and Guts – Lapbook: Lesson 1

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Blood & Guts.  At least, that’s what we’re calling it, because the kids think it’s a cool name.  What we’re actually studying is Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (whew!).

We’re creating this wicked-awesome lapbook in the class, and I just thought I’d take pictures of my example piece as we go, so in case you’ve got a hankering to make one, you won’t have to reinvent the wheel so much.

Before we go on, let me just start off by stating that I have 14 kiddos in my B&G class.  *cough*  I do have a fabulous helper, Mrs. Sharkey, but 14 is still a LOT when you have stuff to read, assignments, experiments, projects, dissections, and then… the lapbook.  The Lord grants me a tiny shred of sanity every time I think about this class, and I think that’s why I keep going.  I also keep thinking maybe someday I’ll get a raise.  Oh. Wait.  I homeschool.

The base of the lapbook is from Knowledge Box Central.  (****UPDATE (10/15/2017)****  KBC moved their link.  It used to be divided in two purchases, but they’ve combined it into one.  Smart move on their part!)  Chapters 1-14 can be found here.

I could have stopped there, as it’s a nice lapbook, BUT… I didn’t.

I wanted to add body parts the kids could color, so I used Scholastic’s The Body Book, by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne.  Now, THIS book is SO COOL!  You’ll see most of the parts as we progress through the year.  I could have stopped there, as now we have the makings of an awesome lapbook, BUT… I didn’t.

Now it’s my turn to step up the game.  I wanted to emphasize certain sections as well as create extra parts for our experiments and projects, so the .PDF files you’ll see listed below are ones I created to fill in some blanks and make it wicked-awesome.  Kind-of like Emeril:  Bam!  Kick it up a notch!

Please note that most of these lapbook parts I’ve created are with the idea that more than one student are being taught (I have 14 kids, remember!), and I try to conserve paper by having multiple foldables, etc. on one sheet.  If you’re only teaching one child, you’ll have extra parts.

Here’s what I have to add to Lesson 1:

L1 Lapbook – Humors – This is a supplemental foldable.

L1 Lapbook – Spontaneous Generation – This is a supplemental foldable.

L1 Lapbook – DNA – This is a supplemental foldable.

L1 Experiment – Mummifying an Apple – This can be found on page 21.

L1 Experiment – How Magnification Works – This can be found on page 26.

L1 Experiment – Choosy Cell – This can be found in Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Anatomy Notebooking Journal, Lesson 1.

We also test in this class, and unfortunately, Apologia doesn’t have a “teacher’s manual” or a “test booklet,” so that just means we homeschoolers have to come up with one on our own in order to supplement our needs.  So, below you’ll find the test I created.  As an added blessing, there’s an answer key for you as well.

L1 Test

L1 Test – Answer Key

Want to see what the lapbook looks like?  I’ll show you Lesson 1.  I’ve already started building Lesson 2, and you’ll see a little peek of it. but you’ll have to wait until we’ve finished before I show you that one.

Here are the rest of the lapbook parts available:

Lapbook:  Lesson 2 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 3 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 4 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 4B can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 6 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lessons 7 and 8 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 9 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 10 can be found here.

Lapbook:  Lesson 11 can be found here.