Our Study of the Human Hand
Why do we have so many bones in our hand?
We talked about the fact that there are 27 bones in the hand. First, to demonstrate why this is important I did an activity we had done a couple years ago. We pretended that we just had one bone per finger by taping popcycle sticks to their fingers. Then they had to pick up beads. They found they could do it if they scooped up the beads
The Bones of the Hand:
Next, we did the wonderful idea I picked up from Almost Homeschoolers. They actually used bits of colored dough and baked their hands together. We used icing instead.
We talked about the bones of the hands and learned the names of
X-Ray of the Hand and other Activities
We worked on a couple of the experiments we have from The Young Scientist Club. I got the ready-made experiments from NOEO science. (I did not buy their entire curriculum, I just bought the set of five experiment kits as this was one of the best prices I found on the Internet.) I’m adding in those experiments as we get to them throughout the year. The experiment below (also from the kit) shows the ball and socket bones.
We got this hand-claw kit earlier this summer from another family. We talked about why it’s so important to have a thumb. Before we attached the thumb, we tried to pick things up with just the fingers.
It was pretty hard, though the kids realized they could squeeze their fingers together (making a scissoring motion) to pick smaller things up.
But when the thumb was added, how easy it was!
Skeleton Worksheet Packet: Notebook pages and lapbook pages for learning about the bones of the body. Approx. 90 pages.
More about our Human Body Packets and BUNDLE Options!
These packets can be purchase separately or you can purchase all of them in one bundle. I included some photos of these packets below.
$5.75 Endocrine System Packet – (60 pages) Exocrine glands are those glands that have ducts and lead to the surface of the body… like sweat glands, tear glands whereas endocrine glands (like the hypothalamus or thyroid) secrete hormones into the bloodstream.
$25.00 Human Body BUNDLE OPTION 1: Human Body Systems, Skeletal System Packet, Digestive System, Circulatory System Unit, Muscular System Packet, Nervous System Packet, Reproductive System Worksheets (Does not include the Study of Cells Unit.)
$29.99 Human Body BUNDLE OPTION 2: Human Body Systems, A Study of Cells Unit, Skeletal System Packet, Digestive System, Circulatory System Unit, Muscular System Packet, Nervous System Packet, Reproductive System Worksheets (We often talked about cells as we started our Human Body Units… then went on to talk about human body cells, tissues, organs & systems… and then would move on to a different body system each year. Generally as homeschoolers, we covered just one or two major body systems each year before moving on to another science topic.)
- Cell Packet – Quick Preview
- Human Body Systems Quick Preview
- Skeletal System Packet – Quick Preview
- Digestive System Packet Preview
- Circulatory System Packet – Quick Preview
- Endocrine System Packet
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! ~Liesl
Overview of the Human Body Systems
We started this unit with a fun album called the Human Body Rock (we borrowed it from the library, but it’s available at Amazon) that we listened to as we made our two trips to the doctors last week (for LD’s allergy shots). The first song goes over the body systems in a fun, general way and we used that as a spring-board for talking about all the systems. We reviewed all the Human Body Systems. Find out more about our Human Body Systems Packet here:
This packet now includes a page about the skin (the body’s largest organ) and a few pages about the organs (and which systems they are a part of):
We also have a Skeletal System Worksheet and Lapbook Packet which is about 90 pages. Find out more here:
Circulatory System Packet 40+ pages
Recently, we did a new unit on the circulatory system, the heart, blood and more! The kids really enjoyed this unit and by the end really knew how blood is transported around the body (be sure to check out our hands-on activity!!)
Some of the topics covered in this packet include an overview of the circulatory system, the heart, blood vessels (arteries, veins, capillaries), blood flow through the heart, blood transport through the body, blood composition (red and white blood cells, platelets), blood types, cholesterol, and diseases of the circulatory system. Plus, we did a number of hands-on activities and the instructions (with photos) are included in this packet.
Muscular System Unit (50+ pages)
We will also have some pages about the brain and neurons. I’ll let you know when! 🙂
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- Rocks and Minerals: Free 25 page packet, free pages on the 3-types of rocks, lots of hands on activities
- Simple Machines: Lots of hands on activities, plus student worksheets
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