Teach Now! Our Amazing Bodies
The human body is a frequently taught science topic in the early elementary curriculum. The activities in this theme unit help students build on and extend existing concepts about the human body. They explore how people stay healthy, the role of the senses, and similarities and differences between humans and other animals.
 
Staying Healthy

These activities explore ways we can stay healthy — by visiting the doctor and brushing our teeth, as well as how our skin helps protect us from germs. In Community Club, students will practice nonfiction reading skills as they read for information, use visual cues and context to read new words, and build sight-word vocabulary. They will also set up and conduct a simple experiment in Inside Ralphie.
 
 
Exploring the Senses

In these activities, students investigate the senses of taste and smell, identify and describe the function of body parts (nose, taste buds), and participate in a simple experiment.
 
 
Alike and Different

As they participate in these activities, students will use direct observation to identify similarities and differences among their classmates (by comparing hair color) as well as between humans and other animals. They will set up and conduct a simple experiment with the Magic School Bus kids, identify and describe the function of muscles and the skeleton, and create a bar graph to record information.
 
 
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