Human Body (Grades 3 - 6)

   Many homeschoolers and quite a few elementary school teachers feel unprepared to teach science.  I believe that this is in large part because they have no idea where to obtain the materials necessary to teach labs.  I have dealt with two very large companies, who although their primary purpose is to supply schools, will sell to individuals.  However, neither one will sell either chemicals or live bacteria and viruses.  These two are:  Ward Science Supplies and Carolina Biological.  Don't be fooled by the name.  Both sell materials to teach:  biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics from kindergarten through graduate school.  A third company, Home Science Tools, sells primarily to homeschoolers.  They will provide chemicals in the very small quantities that a homeschooler would wish.  They also have many wonderful kits for teaching chemistry concepts. 

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Inside Your Outside!  All About the Human Body by Tish Rabe

Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You! All About Staying Healthy by Tish Rabe  

Children's Guide to the Human Body by Naomi Craft

DK Eyewonder: Human Body by Caroline Bingham

Human Body Coloring Book by Margaret Malt

Reader's Digest and Pathfinders: The Human Body by Laurie Beckelman

Young Discoverers: The Human Body by Sally Morgan

Fantastic Facts About the Human Body by John Farndon and Angela Koo

Step into Reading: Bones by Stephen Krensky

A Book About Your Skeleton by Ruth Belov Gross

Your skin and mine by Paul Showers

A True Book: The Respiratory System by Darlene R. Stille

Hear Your Heart by Paul Showers

A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole and Bruce Oegen

How Many Teeth by Paul Showers

Hands on Science: Feeding 2 Digestion by William Hemsley

What Happens to a Hamburger by Paul Showers

It's Disgusting and We Ate It! by James Solheim

The Body in Action: Touching A Nerve by Steve Parker

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joanna Cole

Kingfisher, Young Knowledge: Senses by Jinny Johnson

My 5 Senses by Aliki

Follow Your Nose by Vicki Cobb

My Ears by Lloyd G. Douglas

A True Book: Smell by Patricia J. Murphy

A True Book: Hearing by Patricia J. Murphy

A True Book: Touch by Patricia J. Murphy

A True Book: Sight by Patricia J. Murphy

Buddy, The First Seeing Eye Dog by Eva Moore

Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger

Body Baddies by John Woodward (Infections)

Louis Pasteur, Enemy of Disease by Carol Greene

Sleep is for Everyone by Paul Showers

Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn by Melvin Berger

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS DVD THE HUMAN BODY with 3 episodes. In the first episode, Flexes Its Muscles, the students build a robot and learn about muscles and joints. In the second, For Lunch, they travel through Arnold's digestive system. In the third episode, Inside Ralphie, the students learn about the immune system while traveling through an ailing Ralphie.

The following items are useful when studying the human body: a floor puzzle of the skeleton, sample X-rays of bones and organs, an Eye chart, an Astigmatism Test Chart, an Anatomy Apron showing locations of digestive organs, eye model, ear model, heart model, brain model, and a torso model. Illusion Science is a kit by KIDZ LABS which demonstrates various optical illusions. A color-blindness test can be created using 2 each of many shades of embroidery thread. Each child should attempt to match correctly the pairs. A stethoscope is useful, but with caution. When you have a stethoscope in your ears, if any one talks loudly or the diaphragm bumps against something it will be quite painful.

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