Guest Hollow's Jr. Anatomy Curriculum Books & Materials

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I recommend you preview all items to see if they are appropriate for your students. Every family is different in what they allow or find offensive!

How to keep the cost of this curriculum down:

  • If you can't afford to purchase or do not wish to purchase dissection supplies, have your student watch dissection videos. You can also save the dissection labs for high school.

  • Borrow books and videos from the library. I always purchased books that were used over a long period of time and tried to get many of the rest from the library. Sometimes I'd purchase a few books my library didn't have, that I really wanted to use.

    When I could afford it, and when I was working on building a home library for the kids, I would go ahead and buy a big box of books. It was like Christmas in August as the kids delved into those boxes. It got them excited about what they were getting ready to learn. I certainly understand being constrained to a budget, though! Don't be afraid to substitute books you already have on hand or inexpensive titles you might pick up at a yard sale, or similar venue.

  • Search online for the video titles to see if they are available to watch for free.

A note about the labs / activities:

The junior anatomy and the high school anatomy curriculum share some of the labs and activities. If you have children who are on the younger age spectrum, you may not wish to do the dissections, or you may wish to save them for the high school years. That's fine!

Otter did the junior anatomy program when he was about a 4th grader. He did the high school anatomy curriculum as a 12th grader. He repeated the Blood and Guts experiments as a highschooler - the same experiments he did as a 4th grader. I think redoing the experiments gave him a new appreciation for the material.

A note about how to use the books:

How you use the books will depend on the age and abilities of your student(s). My daughter was a voracious reader. She liked to read most of our literature based curriculum books herself, but liked to have a few read-alouds, so we could share the learning experience and discuss things. My youngest son was a reluctant reader for many years. I read the bulk of our school books out loud to him for many years. Even when my children were high schoolers, they still liked read-alouds!

You know what your children are capable of and where they might need a bit more hand-holding. Some of the books below are easy. You might wish your child to read those independently. Other books might have harder concepts, or vocabulary, or stories that your children might enjoy more if YOU read them out loud. It's ultimately up to you!

A note about videos:

The table below does NOT list all of the videos in the curriculum schedule, because many of the videos can be accessed via YouTube and will not need to be purchased. Just click on the video link in the schedule or do a search of the title online via YouTube or another video site, if a link to a video in the schedule no longer works.

Some kids really like documentary type videos, others are bored to tears by them. My kids usually loved them, so I'm including some in this schedule for younger students. You should preview, to make sure they are appropriate for your child(ren) content-wise.

Activity related resources are in YELLOW table cells. Videos are in BLUE.

Christian This crown icon denotes a Christian resource.

frogI've marked which books are middle school add-ons, for those of you doing this with older or advanced children. Look for the frog symbol for books that jump to the next level!


SCHEDULED RESOURCES

Enjoy Your Cells (Enjoy Your Cells, 1)
Week 1

The Enjoy Your Cells series of books is great for elementary students. The illustrations are fun, colorful, clear and the information is detailed, but still simple enough to digest and understand. There are some evolutionary references, but these can be taken care of with a black marker if this doesn't agree with your beliefs. I have made note of what parts you may want to skip in the schedule.

Otter really enjoyed this series of books and thought they were easy to understand.

Cells

Kid’s Discover Magazine: Cells
Week 1

This is a nice magazine. My kids had a few issues and really liked them. You can preview some of the pages at the link above. Sometimes you can find used issues on Amazon for less $$.

My First Human Body Book (Dover Children's Science Books)

My First Human Body Book (Dover Children's Science Books)
Used multiple weeks

This is a great (and inexpensive) coloring book that really does a super job at explaining some anatomy concepts. Great for coloring during read-alouds.

Here's an example 2 page spread illustrating what's underneath the skin:

underneath the skinunder the skin

Blood and Guts

Blood and Guts
Used multiple weeks.
An e-book version of this book is available to check out for FREE at OpenLibrary.org.

This fun book integrates lots of experiments and activities in with lots of information about the human body. Many of this year's labs come from this book, so don't skip it! Some of the activities are very simple and easy to do with a minimum of supplies, while others are more involved like dissections. All 3 of my kids enjoyed this book. The activities are appropriate for elementary school through high school!

*This book does talk about evolution in one place has a few non detailed drawings that depict nudity.

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

The Body Book: Easy-to-Make Hands-on Models That Teach

PROJECT BOOK OPTION ONE:

The Body Book: Easy-to-Make Hands-on Models That Teach (Grades 3-6)
Used multiple weeks.

This books has lots of hands-on models to make. There is lots of coloring, cutting and pasting to do and information about the models made that help your learning "stick".
With this book: tape is your friend as opposed to glue, lol.
This is the book I used with Otter. We displayed a lot of the models in our schoolroom for a long time! If you have a middle school student who'd like to make human body projects, this is the more appropriate option vs. the book below.

Easy Make & Learn Projects: Human Body

PROJECT BOOK OPTION TWO:

Easy Make & Learn Projects: Human Body (Grades 2-4)
Used multiple weeks.

Of the two books, this one has models (and mini-books and so on) that are smaller and easier to assemble.

"How do we hear? What makes our bodies move? How do nerves work? Kids find the answers to these and other questions with Accordion Ears, Muscle Makers, and Nerve Necklaces! Ready-to-use patterns and easy how-to's let kids make models that teach about the major body systems. Includes science background information and extension activities! 80 pages."

Brain Games Season 1

Brain Games Streaming on Amazon
Used multiple weeks. Some of the episodes on Amazon are free with commercials, at the time I'm writing this. Otter thinks they are worth paying for, if they are not. ;-) HULU.com usually has one season online, for free.

Otter LOVES the Brain Games series. They are a lot of fun and very interesting. The best part? You get to be a participant in some of the experiments as you watch! Our family has had a lot of fun with this show. You may want to preview the show, to make sure it's appropriate for younger children.

I've scheduled episodes in all year. I understand that's a lot of $ if you want to purchase the episodes either for streaming or via DVD, so I don't expect you to watch ALL of them. They are a lot of fun though and quite interesting. Try to fit a few in, if you can. Also, it's not important what order you watch the shows in. I did line up a few with some of the topics, but the others are just fit in wherever. ;-)

DVD's:

Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

Have a nice DNA

Have a Nice DNA (Enjoy Your Cells, 3)

Week 2

"Enjoy Your Cells is a new series of children's books from the acclaimed creative partnership of scientist/author Fran Balkwill and illustrator Mic Rolph. Once again, they use their unique brand of simple but scientifically accurate commentary and exuberantly colorful graphics to take young readers on an entertaining exploration of the amazing, hidden world of cells, proteins, and DNA. It's over ten years since Fran and Mic invented a new way of getting science across to children. Think what extraordinary advances have been made in biology in that time and how often those discoveries made headlines. Stem cells, cloning, embryo transfer, emerging infections, vaccine development here in these books are the basic facts behind the public debates. With these books, children will learn to enjoy their cells and current affairs at the same time. And they're getting information that has been written and reviewed by working scientists, so it's completely correct and up-to-date. Readers aged 7 and up will appreciate the stories' lively language and with help, even younger children will enjoy and learn from the jokes and illustrations no expert required! This series is a must for all elementary school students and those who care about educating them to be well-informed in a world of increasingly complex health-related and environmental issues." Quote from book description

This book has quite a bit of evolution, but it's one of the best books on this topic for this age group. Christian parents should do this book as a read-aloud, in order to skip any objectionable material, or at least be on hand to discuss.

GENETICS: BREAKING THE CODE OF YOUR DNA

GENETICS: BREAKING THE CODE OF YOUR DNA
Weeks 2-3
frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON

"Why do children resemble their parents and siblings? Introducing young readers to the fascinating world of genetics, this educational resource presents the main concepts of the science, including what a chromosome does, how DNA is structured, and how genetic inheritance works. Students learn about new discoveries in the field of genetics and how those discoveries have helped to cure or even prevent certain diseases, as well as examine controversial issues in genetics such as genetically modified foods and stem cell research. Combining inquiry-based, age-appropriate activities with biology, Genetics: Breaking the Code of Your DNA features graphic novel illustrations, fascinating sidebars, and a glossary of important vocabulary to illuminate the complex world of genetics and bring it to life." Quote from book description

Gene Machines

Gene Machines (Enjoy Your Cells, 4)

Week 3

This is another book in the Enjoy Your Cells series of books.

Bones: Skeletons and How They Work

Bones: Skeletons and How They Work
Week 4

I love the cut paper illustrations in this book! When looking at the different types of bones, Christian families can point out the similarities between some of the animal and human bones. God used the same template. :-)

"Caldecott Honor winner Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating look at the bones of the human body as compared to the bones of animals, and shows them off!

This book is far from skinny -- it's the definitive nonfiction title about human and animal bones, delivered with in-your-face accuracy and intrigue. In this visually driven volume, kids come face-to-face with some head-to-toe boney comparisons, many of them shown at actual size. Here you'll find the differences between a man's hand and that of a spider monkey; the great weight of an elephant's leg, paired with the feather-light femur of a stork; and rib-tickling info about snakes and sloths. How many bones are in the whole human body?" Quote from book description

Skulls and Skeletons

Skulls And Skeletons: True-Life Stories of Bone Detectives
Week 5

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - - Also appropriate for upper elementary students who are interested in the topic.

The series is very "high interest" with lots of visual stuff (color, illustrations, diagrams, photographs) and each book has a glossary in the back, website links, a magazine style quiz ("Do you have what it takes to be a....") and so on.

Otter loved this set of books so much, he was still pulling them off the shelf as a high schooler. When I culled all the books he was too old for, I kept these for his kids someday.

They are a great introduction to careers like an infectious disease doctor and so on.

You may want to skip this series of books if you have a student on the younger age of the spectrum. I don't think most younger children will find them interesting and/or some of the subject matter and images may be upsetting (removal of a Guinea worm, pictures of rashes and skin infections, etc).

Note: Unfortunately, some of these books are no longer sold as new. You can get them used on Amazon, though, sometimes for as much as a penny plus shipping!

Horrible Science: Blood, Bones and Body Bits

Horrible Science: Blood, Bones and Body Bits
Used multiple weeks.

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - Some younger kids may enjoy this book, too. Because of the mix of comics, it will work best as a reader.

Otter enjoyed the Horrible Science books. They are entertaining, with a mix of comics and text.

"HORRIBLE SCIENCE: BLOOD, BONES AND BODY BITS is a bone-chilling book of bodies to make kids squeal! Find out what happens when a boil bursts. See what lives in your eyelashes. Gulp at the workings of your disgusting digestion. Redesigned in a bold, funky new look for the next generation of HORRIBLE SCIENCE fans." Quote from book description.

Muscles: Our Muscular System

Muscles: Our Muscular System
Week 6

Otter always loved the Seymour Simon books. They have beautiful photographs!

" Don't move a muscle--read all about them! Did you know that...

  • Without muscles you couldn't blink--or even breathe!
  • Nearly 700 muscles control your life.
  • Big or small, a muscle is made up of just one cell.
  • Exercise doesn't give you more muscles, but it strengthens the ones you have.

Discover how muscles make us move--and see what it really looks like under your skin." Quote from book description.

Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine

Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine
Weeks 6-7

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - You can use this as a read-aloud for younger students. Just make sure they understand not to experiment on themselves!

This is a fun and fascinating book. It's scheduled in the high school level as well.

"It was August 27, 1885. In a hospital in Lima, Peru, a student named Daniel Carrión was preparing to infect himself with a dreaded disease . . . He had a small, sharp lancet ready . . . Carrión's friends and teacher from the medical school thought it was a bad idea. They knew Carrión was eager to learn more about this mysterious disease.
But were the risks worth it?

Science and medicine from the inside out-ten engrossing stories of self-experimentation

Who are these "guinea pig scientists"? Searching for clues to some of science's and medicine's bigger (and sometimes stranger) questions, they are all the men and women who devoted their lives to help find the answers. Spanning from the 1770s to the present--and uncovering the science behind digestion, the spread of yellow fever, the development of the first heart catheter, and more--their ten stories are at once scientifically detailed and fascinatingly personal." Quote from book description

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

The Electrifying Nervous System (God's Wondrous Machine)

ChristianThe Electrifying Nervous System (God's Wondrous Machine)
Week 8 OPTION ONE - For older students

"Developed by a homeschooling pediatrician, this book focuses on the amazing design and functionality of the human body's nervous system. You will discover:

  • The main areas and structures of the brain and what important role each plays in making your body work
  • Awesome examples of God's creativity in both the design and precision of human anatomy showing you are wonderfully made
  • Important historical discoveries and modern medical techniques used for diagnosis and repair of the brain!

Learn interesting and important facts about why you sleep, the function of the central nervous system, what foods can superpower your brain functions, and much more in a wonderful exploration of the brain and how it controls the wondrous machine known as your body!" Quote from book description.

It's nice to find a Christian book on the human body, but younger kids will probably find some of it a bit dull.

You Can't Use Your Brain if You're a Jellyfish!

You Can't Use Your Brain if You're a Jellyfish!
Week 8 OPTION TWO - For younger students

This is a very kid-friendly book with fun illustrations.

"This title provides a fun and informative look at brains—insect brains, bird brains, dog brains, monkey brains, and our brains—and how they have each adapted to particular survival needs. This complex subject is made not only understandable but fascinating, and sometimes even funny!" Quote from book description.

How to Be a Genius

How to Be a Genius
Used multiple weeks.

This book has some evolution in one of the chapters. It's a fun book though, chock full of tons of interesting info presented in a way kids will love!

"How to be a Genius reveals the magical and mysterious world of the brain. With facts, puzzles, brain teasers, optical illusions, and other brain training activities, readers will unlock their true intellectual power. How to be a Genius explores the physiology, anatomy, and evolution of the brain and then teaches innovative brain stimulating exercises. Covering all aspects of brain activity, from perception and problem solving, to memory, language, and creativity, readers will learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of the brain. The book also features activities including sports, magic, playing cards, and computer games. Readers will enjoy employing their creativity with this hands-on guide to the mind filled with wonderful knowledge and great activities to boost brainpower." Quote from book description.

sheep brain

DISSECTION MATERIAL: Sheep brain
Week 8 (Optional - You may want to save this for the high school level curriculum.)

Can't afford or don't want a dissection kit? Watch a video of a sheep brain dissection online (link in schedule)!

(Image shared with permission by Home Science Tools: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/.)

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

Secret Life of the Brain

The Secret Life of the Brain
Weeks 8-9

"A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. Narrated by Blair Brown and directed by David Grubin, this series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary, and cutting-edge animation. Viewers learn startling new truths about the brain as they journey inside about this complicated organ." Quote from video description

Click here to look for episodes on YouTube.

Human Body: Pushing the Limits

Human Body: Pushing the Limits
Week 9

Only 2 episodes are scheduled. I've linked to a free online version of the video. If it's not available, you have the option to purchase the 4 episode set on Amazon.

"You've never seen the human body like this before. In this groundbreaking series, we push the human form to its extremes, capturing both the power and the poetry. You will be surprised and even shocked as stunning CGI effects and the latest in cutting-edge photography reveal the body's inner and outer workings in vivid detail. " Quote from video description

Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
Week 9
An e-book version of this book is available to check out for FREE at OpenLibrary.org.

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - You can also use this as a read-aloud for younger students.

An interesting, true story!

"Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. Phineas, a railroad construction foreman, was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived to live another eleven years and become a textbook case in brain science.

At the time, Phineas Gage seemed to completely recover from his accident. He could walk, talk, work, and travel, but he was changed. Gage "was no longer Gage," said his Vermont doctor, meaning that the old Phineas was dependable and well liked, and the new Phineas was crude and unpredictable.

His case astonished doctors in his day and still fascinates doctors today. What happened and what didn’t happen inside the brain of Phineas Gage will tell you a lot about how your brain works and how you act human." Quote from book description

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

Fanny Crosby

ChristianFanny Crosby: Queen of Gospel Songs
Week 10

"The man said he was a doctor . . . but he did something to little baby Fanny’s eyes that made her blind for the rest of her life. How could she find out about the world around her? How could she be happy? How could she learn? How could she love God? How could she forgive? Fanny Crosby was blind for more than ninety years . . . and she wrote over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs about her Savior. " Quote from book description

Follow My Leader

Follow My Leader
Weeks 10-11

Follow My Leader is a fictional account of a boy who loses his sight and how he copes. It ties in perfectly into our study of eyesight. It is a little 1950'ish, but still a good story. Otter enjoyed it when I read it out loud to him as a 4th grader.

"After Jimmy is blinded in an accident with a firecracker, he has to relearn all the things he used to know. With the help of a determined therapist, he learns to read Braille and to use a cane. Then he's given the chance to have a guide dog. Learning to work with Leader is not easy, but Jimmy tries harder than he ever has before." Quote from book description

Cow eye dissection

Cow eye
Week 11 (Optional - You may want to save this for the high school level curriculum.)

See how the inside of an eye works as you dissect this cow eye!

Can't afford or don't want a cow eye dissection kit? Watch one online!

(Image shared with permission by Home Science Tools: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/.)

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

How to Really Fool Yourself: Illusions for All Your Senses

How to Really Fool Yourself: Illusions for All Your Senses
Weeks 11-12

This book contains over 70 activities and is a fun read. Our kids got a real kick out of this book. I kept hearing exclamations of delight over some of the simple "experiments", even from our 17 year old.

"Fans of Vicki Cobb's unique blend of humor, science, and hands-on activities will have tons of fun with How to Really Fool Yourself. Kids won't be able to believe their eyes--not to mention their ears, noses, hands, and tongues! Packed with all-new illustrations and a delightful new design, this book features over 70 activities to fool all five senses. Each illusion is followed by a fascinating "Why You're Fooled" section that explains the science and history behind the "magic."
* Illusions of touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight include: the Incredible Shrinking Sugar Cube, Flavorless Coffee, Movie-Style Sound Effects, Making Circles from Straight Lines, and many more" Quote from book description

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

She Touched the World

She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer
Weeks 12-13

"When she was just two years old, Laura Bridgman lost her sight, her hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. At the time, no one believed a child with such severe disabilities could be taught to communicate, much less lead a full and productive life. But then a progressive doctor, who had just opened the country’s first school for the blind in Boston, took her in. Laura learned to communicate, read, and write—and eventually even to teach. By the age of 12, she was world famous.
Audiences flocked to see her, and she was loved and admired by children everywhere. This fascinating and moving biography shows how Laura Bridgman paved the way for future generations of children with disabilities, making possible important advances in the way they would be educated. As a blind person with some hearing loss, Sally Hobart Alexander lends a unique and intimate perspective to this inspiring account. At last, the story of Laura Bridgman can find its long-deserved place alongside those of Louis Braille and Helen Keller." Quote from book description

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses
Week 13

Otter always loved the Magic School Bus books. They are fun and informative.

The Circulatory Story

The Circulatory Story
Week 14

Otter really liked this series of books. They have a decent amount of info presented in an easy-to-understand way.

"Simple, humorous text and comic illustrations explain the basics of the circulatory system--the systemic, pulmonary, and coronary circuits. Readers follow a red blood cell on its journey through the body, and in the process learn how the body combats disease, performs gas exchanges, and fights plaque." Quote from book description

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins
Weeks 14-15

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - You can also use this as a read-aloud for younger students.

Warning to Christian parents: There is a section that talks about the Egyptian plagues where the water turned to blood. This book takes a secular viewpoint of that event and says that scientists think it could have been volcanic ash or red algae. Otherwise, this is an interesting book that covers not only the physiology of blood, but also historical information, etc.

"HP Newquist takes young readers on an engaging tour of the world of blood, from
ancient history to modern science—with an occasional trip to the very strange side of
the most important tissue in our bodies. Oddly enough, scientists began to understand
this fascinating fluid only within the past one hundred years and how its microscopic
components nourish the entire body.

Whether the tales of vampires, medieval medical practices, and Mayan sacrificial
rites captivate or terrify, this comprehensive investigation into blood’s past and present
will surely enthrall. And if this account is a little bloodcurdling, well, that’s half the
fun!" Quote from book description

Sheep's heart

Sheep's heart for dissection
Week 14 (Optional - You may want to save this for the high school level curriculum.)

Can't afford or don't want a sheep's heart dissection kit? Watch the dissection online!

(Image shared with permission by Home Science Tools: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/.)

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

blood typing kit

Blood Type Eldoncard Typing Test Kit Includes
Week 15 (Optional - You may want to save this for the high school level curriculum.)

We did this kit and really enjoyed it. All of my children are blood type O negative! Please note: You do have to prick your skin to get a drop of blood. The lancet is so sharp that we hardly felt it. If you have a squeamish kid, you'll probably want to skip this activity.

"This single-use blood type test kit contains everything needed to perform a complete blood test at home for ABO and Rh. It's a quick way to identify your blood type."

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

Kids Discover Lungs

Kid’s Discover: Lungs
Week 16

This is a nice magazine. My kids had a few issues and really liked them. You can preview some of the pages at the link above. Sometimes you can find used issues on Amazon for less $$.

The Quest to Digest

The Quest to Digest
Week 17

Otter loved this book so much, he checked it out from the library multiple times.

"Humorous text and illustrations follow an apple's journey through the human digestive system. Discover why mucus is so important to your body and how food particles are absorbed by the small intestine and turned into energy. Readers also learn why we burp, vomit, and pass gas." Quote from book description

The Truth About Poop and Pee

The Truth About Poop and Pee
Week 18

The first version of this book (The Truth About Poop) was such a hit at our house that I finally bought it for Otter since we were checking it out from the library multiple times.

"We call them waste products, but poop and pee are essential to our everyday lives. Did you know the chemicals in pee can be used to reduce city smog? Or that poop can fuel a trip to Mars? While we politely avoid the subject, amazing things are happening in digestive tracts all over the world, and you won’t believe some of the gross-but-true details! Kids (and adults too!) will be captivated by the astounding facts contained in this fascinating book with hilarious illustrations!" Quote from book description

Chew on This

Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
Weeks 19-20

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - You can also use this as a read-aloud for younger students.

Otter enjoyed this book!

"When Eric Schlosser’s best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, was published for adults in 2001, many called for his groundbreaking insight to be shared with young people. Now Schlosser, along with co-writer Charles Wilson, has investigated the subject further, uncovering new facts children need to know.

In Chew On This, they share with kids the fascinating and sometimes frightening truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken ‘nugget’ really is, and how the fast food industry has been feeding off children for generations." Quote from book description

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

Why Shouldn't I Eat Junk Food?

Why Shouldn't I Eat Junkfood? Buy it used on Amazon, or click here to buy it new from Usborne.)
Week 19

This is a good alternative for younger students not ready for Chew on This. It's a colorful and fun read that Otter really liked.

 

Janice VanCleave's Food and Nutrition for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun

Janice VanCleave's Food and Nutrition for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun
Used multiple weeks.

Janice VanCleave's books cover a lot of info with lots of easy to do activities that help cement what you are learning. I've scheduled this book for 6 weeks over several topics because of how long it is and because I didn't want to skip too many of the activities.

*Note - I made some lapbooking materials for this book while we went through it. I needed to do this to help Otter retain some of the advanced vocabulary and unfamiliar concepts. He loved the lapbook components we made so much that we ended up keeping them in our "permanent" save box.
You can access the free lapbook here.

If you have a student who is young, you may want to preview this book before purchasing. It has a fairly advanced vocabulary.

"How does milk help me grow?

Where do vitamins come from?

Do carrots really strengthen my eyesight?

Find out these answers-in Janice VanCleave's Food and Nutrition for Every Kid. To the delight of children, parents, and teachers everywhere, America's favorite science teacher brings a welcome addition to the popular Science for Every Kid series. Through fun, safe, and easy-to-do experiments, Janice VanCleave teaches kids ages eight to twelve all about food and nutrition.

Kids can learn about leavening agents by mixing baking soda with vinegar. They'll explore why different sweeteners vary in sweetness, how to use natural food dyes to dye a T-shirt, and what the food pyramid is-plus much more.

Each experiment is broken down into a purpose, list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and explanations that kids can understand. Every project has been tested and can be performed safely and inexpensively using ordinary household materials." Quote from book description

 

It's Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History

It's Disgusting and We Ate It! True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History
Week 20

This was one of Otter's all-time favorite books. He must have read it a million times. ;-) I kept it for the grand kids when I culled old homeschool books from our shelf.

"How about a nice dish of Colonial Squirrel Pie with a side of milkweed shoots? If that doesn't grab you, you might think about trying some Garbage Stew, just like they made in medieval England. But if you're feeling a little tired and need a boost, your best bet is roasted spiders. They've got three times the protein of cooked beef. (Is your mouth watering yet?)

Illustrated by the wildly-creative Eric Brace, It's Disgusting -- and We Ate It! is a fascinating look at culinary creations from all over the world!" Quote from book description

 

Happy Feet, Healthy Food: Your Child's First Journal of Exercise and Healthy Eating

Happy Feet, Healthy Food: Your Child's First Journal of Exercise and Healthy Eating
Used multiple weeks

Get your kids to journal and think about what they are eating and how much exercise they are getting. This is a GREAT idea and also will be something your kids can enjoy looking back on years later.

"Happy Feet, Healthy Food is a combination of logbook (to record exercise and diet) and a sourcebook for games, activities and eating tips. Each week features bright color illustrations, lists of games and activities to try, advice on good foods, suggestions for packing snacks and lunches, and a log page to write about the activities of each day and the foods eaten. The goal is to promote understanding of the bene-fits of exercise and healthy eating, to improve the child’s reading and writing skills, and to foster dialogue with parents. Perfect for use in schools or at home." Quote from book description

The Exciting Endocrine System: How Do My Glands Work?

The Exciting Endocrine System: How Do My Glands Work?
Week 23

Here's a Google preview of an older edition of this book.

I like Crabtree books. This one covers the endocrine system and has a puzzle to fill out, etc.

"Squirt may be a tiny gland, but young readers will learn just how important he is. This title explains the powerful effects of the pineal, pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands. The roles of the hypothalamus and pancreas will also be explored along with the function of hormones. There are sections on glandular problems, scientific discoveries, and amazing facts. " Quote from book description

Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book

Ed Emberley's Complete Funprint Drawing Book
Week 24

Celebrate your child's uniqueness by focusing on fingerprints! This is a fun way to incorporate some art into your human body study. Otter LOVED the Ed Emberley fingerprint art books! So did I, lol.

Finger Printing Art Set
Week 24

This is an optional kit to use with the book above.

What's eating my flesh

Help! What's Eating My Flesh?
Week 24

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - Also appropriate for upper elementary students who are interested in the topic.

Here's another 24/7 book - high interest, easy to read and has good pictures. Otter read this series over and over, even when he was a high schooler. I got my money's worth from this series!

 

Skin

Kid’s Discover: Skin
Week 24

This is a nice magazine. My kids had a few issues and really liked them. You can preview some of the pages at the link above. Sometimes you can find used issues on Amazon for less $$.

The World of Germs Kit

The World of Germs Kit
Used multiple weeks.


*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes

Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes
Week 25

I used this book with my kids. It's a pleasant, historical read about the discovery of germs.

"In 1856, when Louis Pasteur first began studying microbes in rotten sugarbeet juice, he put into motion a chain of events that saved France's wine industry, and revolutionized medicine and biology." Quote from book description

Achoo!: The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about Germs

Achoo!: The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about Germs
Week 25

My son enjoyed this book!

"In the fifth Mysterious You book, Achoo!, kids probe the secrets of illness and sniff out what germs are, why they sometimes make us sick, how our bodies battle them and how vaccines protect us against them. This unique series explores the mysteries of the human body using a mix of thoroughly researched factual information, amazing anecdotes and surprising try-it activities." Quote from book description

Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence

Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence
Week 26

See inside the book by clicking here!

"Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence by Richard Platt, illustrated by John Kelly is a comprehensive history of disease and pestilence, told from the point of view of the bugs and pests that cause them. The book features case histories of specific epidemics, 'eyewitness' accounts from the rats, flies, ticks and creepy-crawlies who spread diseases, plus plenty of fascinating facts and figures on the biggest and worst afflictions. Illustrated throughout with brilliantly entertaining artworks and endearing characters, you'll be entertained by a cabinet war room showing the war on germs, a rogues' gallery highlighting the worst offenders, the very deadliest diseases examined under the microscope and much more." Quote from book description

Outbreak! Plagues That Changed History

Outbreak! Plagues That Changed History
Weeks 26-27

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - Also appropriate as a read-aloud for upper elementary students who are interested in the topic.

"Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all of these questions is yes. Time and again, diseases have impacted the course of human history in surprisingly powerful ways. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, Bryn Barnard describes the symptoms and paths of the world’s worst diseases—and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever.
 
Filled with fascinating, often gory details about disease and history, Outbreak! is a wonderful combination of science and history." Quote from book description

Belly-Busting Worm Invasions!: Parasites That Love Your Insides! (24/7: Science Behind the Scenes: Medical Files)

Belly-Busting Worm Invasions!: Parasites That Love Your Insides! (24/7: Science Behind the Scenes: Medical Files)
Week 27

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - Also appropriate for upper elementary students who are interested in the topic.

The series is very "high interest" with lots of visual stuff (color, illustrations, diagrams, photographs) and each book has a glossary in the back, website links, a magazine style quiz ("Do you have what it takes to be a....") and so on.

Otter loved this set of books so much, he was still pulling them off the shelf as a high schooler.

They are a great introduction to careers like an infectious disease doctor and so on.

You may want to skip this series of books if you have a student on the younger age of the spectrum. I don't think most younger children will find them interesting and/or some of the subject matter and images may be upsetting (removal of a Guinea worm, pictures of rashes and skin infections, etc).

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book)

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Newbery Honor Book)
Weeks 27-28

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - Also appropriate as a read-aloud for upper elementary students who are interested in the topic.

"1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia's free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city--and all his papers--while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever's causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege.

An American Plague's numerous awards include a Sibert Medal, a Newbery Honor, and designation as a National Book Award Finalist. Thoroughly researched, generously illustrated with fascinating archival prints, and unflinching in its discussion of medical details, this book offers a glimpse into the conditions of American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing timely parallels to modern-day epidemics. " Quote from book description

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure
Weeks 28-29

Warning: Mentions evolution in the beginning

"This is the story of a killer that has been striking people down for thousands of years:
tuberculosis. After centuries of ineffective treatments, the microorganism that causes
TB was identified, and the cure was thought to be within reach—but drug-resistant
varieties continue to plague and panic the human race. The “biography” of this deadly
germ, an account of the diagnosis, treatment, and “cure” of the disease over time,
and the social history of an illness that could strike anywhere but was most prevalent
among the poor are woven together in an engrossing, carefully researched narrative." Quote from book description

You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century!: Diseases You'd Rather Not Catch

You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century!: Diseases You'd Rather Not Catch
Week 28

"This best-selling series engages readers of all levels by making them part of the story. Readers will become the main character and can revel in the gory and dark sides of life throughout important moments in history.

Perfect resource for reluctant readers!" Quote from book description

Germ Zappers (Enjoy Your Cells)

Germ Zappers (Enjoy Your Cells)
Week 29

Otter enjoyed this book. It's colorful and easy to understand.

Straight Talk: Drugs and Alcohol (Time for Kids Nonfiction Readers: Level 4.5)

Straight Talk: Drugs and Alcohol (Time for Kids Nonfiction Readers: Level 4.5)
Week 30

Otter always liked the Time for Kids series of books. They are colorful, informative and engaging books.

"Readers are given helpful information about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, including narcotics, hallucinogens, and prescription medications in this nonfiction book. Through detailed images, diagrams, informational text, an index, a glossary of terms, and a list of websites that provide additional information, readers are given the tools and information they need to educate themselves about addiction, drug abuse, the health and social issues that drugs and alcohol can cause, and how to say no to peer pressure." Quote from book description

Straight Talk: Smoking (Time for Kids Nonfiction Readers)

Straight Talk: Smoking (Time for Kids Nonfiction Readers)
Week 30

Otter always liked the Time for Kids series of books. They are colorful, informative and engaging books.

"Inform readers of the dangers of smoking with this fact-filled nonfiction title. Through helpful diagrams, detailed images, and truthful facts, readers are given the tools and information to educate themselves about smoking, tobacco, addiction, and the health problems that smoking can cause. With informational text, an index, glossary of terms, and list of websites, children are encouraged to say no to smoking, to peer pressure, and learn what steps they can take to help prevent others from starting." Quote from book description

The Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body

For BOYS (9 years and up):

ChristianThe Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body
Weeks 31-33

As a Christian parent, I like this set of books. There are other books out there, but they cover topics like cutting, homosexuality, divorce, etc. I wanted to find a set of books that deal with puberty related issues bluntly, but from a Christian perspective. I like that this book doesn't shy away from talking about issues, but does so from a conservative and godly perspective. Take a look at the table of contents in the Amazon preview to see what topics are covered.

"Everything a boy should know, but won’t ask—from a Christian perspective!

Finally, everything you wanted to know about your body, but you’ve just been too chicken to ask. Ultimate Guys’ Body Book is the first book for boys that gives honest answers to real questions about your body from a biblical perspective. No, you’re not falling apart—you’re just growing up! But there’s no need to fear, when God is near. He’s your personal guide to understanding your body.

With information about everything from steroid use to body parts, there’s not a question we won't answer. These aren’t questions some adult made up, but they’re real questions asked by real boys just like you. You want to know the truth? Now you can, because Ultimate Guys’ Body Book gives you the facts—no holds barred!" Quote from book description

The Ultimate Girls' Body Book: Not-So-Silly Questions About Your Body

For GIRLS (9 years and up):

See my remarks about the book above. :-)

Christian The Ultimate Girls' Body Book: Not-So-Silly Questions About Your Body
Weeks 31-34

"Girls’ bodies do the craziest things! They can kick soccer balls and spin perfect pirouettes, or they can trip up the stairs and break out in zits. As you grow and your body goes through some pretty wild changes, you might be wondering things like: Why don’t I look like her? I have to use that? Is this normal? And, Why is this happening to me?

The Ultimate Body Book for Girls answers all those awkward questions you’d rather not ask your mom—at least out loud. Mixing fun with great advice, you’ll learn about bras, boys, periods, pimples, and so much more. Most importantly, you’ll learn that God made you exactly the way he wants you—no matter how weird growing up can be." Quote from book description

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
Week 31

Although this is a picture book, even older kids should go over the topic of sexual abuse / inappropriate touching. This book does a good job and uses a beautifully illustrated story to teach. It doesn't come across as "cheesy", like many books on the topic.

"'Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept' is a beautifully illustrated children's picture book that sensitively broaches the subject of keeping children safe from inappropriate touch. We teach water and road safety, but how do we teach Body Safety to young children in a way that is neither frightening nor confronting? This book is an invaluable tool for parents, caregivers, teachers and healthcare professionals to broach the subject of safe and unsafe touch in a non-threatening and age-appropriate way. The comprehensive notes to the reader and discussion questions at the back of the book support both the reader and the child when discussing the story. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years." Quote from book description

National Geographic In the Womb

National Geographic - In the Womb
Week 33

Other options:

National Geographic: In the Womb - Multiples

National Geographic: In the Womb - Animals

*Also scheduled in Guest Hollow's High School Anatomy Curriculum

The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure

OPTION ONE:
The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure
Weeks 34-35

frog*MIDDLE SCHOOL ADD-ON - This book is appropriate for younger kids to browse through, too. I haven't assigned specific pages. Instead, your kids can browse through the book and read the parts that interest them. Otter always loved the survival books on our shelf. They are fun to read through and teach a lot of important skills.

"From planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you're in the great outdoors.

Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food. And if there's an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even how to get yourself found."

 

What Would You Do?

OPTION TWO:
What Would You Do?
Weeks 34-35

Otter loved this book and read it over and over. He learned a lot from it too! It covers a lot of practical situations like:

  • What would you do if you got home and forgot your keys?
  • What do you do if you are home alone and smell gas?
  • What do you do if you find a hurt animal?

The scenarios are great discussion topics and practical knowledge your kids should know.

 

 

Eddy Eagle program
Week 34

No matter what your stance on firearms is, it's VERY important to teach your children gun safety. The Eddy Eagle program teaches your kids to do the following if they see a firearm:

  • Stop
  • Don't touch
  • Leave the area
  • Tell an adult

Program materials are very inexpensive and effective. We used this program with our children.

OPTIONAL:

I've scheduled in BrainPOP, because my kids loved BrainPOP. BrainPOP is expensive, though, and NOT necessary. I've linked to a few, free BrainPOP movies in the schedule, but the free movies just scratch the surface of what's available. BrainPOP sometimes has a free trial, so you can see if it's worth the cost for your family. You can also try out the free videos available in the different video categories. If you want a subscription, I recommend a HOME subscription, which is cheaper than a homeschool subscription. The homeschool subscription just makes it so that more than one child can access BrainPOP at a time and is not worth the extra hundred dollars, in my opinion.

I found that BrainPOP was a worthwhile investment because we used it for more than one subject. I like that the movies are humorous and that each one has an optional quiz, to test retention. Check it out, as it's a great addition to this year's studies, if you can afford it.

 

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