I didn't originally plan to take a full week, plus a day to cover the circulatory system, but I just couldn't bring myself to cut anything. Every little component seemed important. Each one took just long enough to complete that I couldn't figure out an acceptable way to combine them without going way over on time. Looking back on way the material was divided, we more or less covered three mini chapters...the heart, circulatory system and blood.
- Watched Bill Nye the Science Guy: Heart and Bill Nye the Science Guy: Blood & Circulation DVDs by Disney.
- Tessa read Our Hearts by Charlotte Guillain during reading.
- Read Henry's Heart by Charise Mericle Harper.
- Completed Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: How Your Body Works, Grades 1-3 "The Heart Pumps Blood Throughout the Body - Listen to Your Heart" and "Count Your Heart Beat" activities (page 55) from TeacherFileBox.com.
|Tessa listened to her heart and then mine. She got a kick out of how much faster hers beats. (I bought an inexpensive Omron Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope from Amazon for this activity. It worked perfectly for us.)|
- Read Blastoff Readers: The Circulatory System by Kay Manolis.
- Completed Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: How Your Body Works, Grades 1-3 "The Heart Pumps Blood Throughout the Body - Gather More Information" activity and mini book (page 56) from TeacherFileBox.com.
- Examined Learning Resources Cross Section Human Heart Model and then identified, talked about and memorized the path of blood flow through the heart and body.
- Completed Teacher Created Resources My Body by Patty Carratello "My Heart" (pages 9-10) activity.
- Explored Leapfrog Tag Interactive Human Body Discovery Pack "Your Respiratory & Circulatory Systems" section.
|Tessa was instantly captivated by the Learning Resource heart model. She quickly memorized the path of blood flow through the heart and body and then passionately regurgitated the information to anyone who would listen. As with the brain model that we examined earlier this school year, she cabbaged onto the heart and it became her favorite "toy" playmate for a couple of days. She even made it a special place to sleep next to her pillow at night!|
- Tessa read Our Blood by Charlotte Guillain during reading.
- Read A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers.
- Watched The Magic School Bus: Super Sports Fun DVD ("Works Out" episode) by Scholastic from Netflix.
- Completed RSO Circulatory System Lab 2: Blood Model.
|Tessa colored and labeled the diagram of a drop of blood per lab directions.|
|After a quick stir, Tessa's blood model was complete. Afterward, she used it to complete the second page of the lab.|
This really is neither here nor there, but I want to mention how much I love empty Peter Pan peanut butter jars. The labels come off super easy and leave no sticky residue behind, plus their size and shape are perfect for science projects. I'm not terribly brand loyal, but I do love Peter Pan peanut butter jars!
- Completed Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: How Your Body Works, Grades 1-3 "The Heart Pumps Blood Throughout the Body - Putting It All Together" activity (page 56) from TeacherFileBox.com.
- Watched "The Bloodmobile" music video by They Might Be Giants via YouTube.
|After labeling, coloring and cutting out the various body systems from "Putting It All Together," Tessa assembled the paper model and then explained how all of the systems work together. Quick note...I didn't see the value of having Tessa copy the lengthy system names for this particular activity, so I just cut them out from the list on the first page of the worksheet and had her paste them in the appropriate spots.|
Other Books of Interest
- Hear Your Heart - Paul Showers (Sometimes, I get so caught up with library books that I forget about the good ones right on our bookshelf. I meant to read it on the day we listened to our hearts. So bummed I forgot!)
* RSO = R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey