Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Skeletal System Unit Study ~ A Round up of Hands On, Audio Visual, Book, Online, Craft, Cookies and Costumes: Just in Time for Halloween!

Happy Halloween a bit early!!
As you know, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays  ever 
and I simply looooooove 
blogging all of our learning, crafts, treats and general fun.
We're juuuuuust about right to wrap up a study of the skeletal system
in our homeschool......
timed for Halloween...why not, right?
And I thought I'd organize myself as I share
some practical and enjoyable resources in the process.
So here's a gathering, in really, no particular order,
 of a few goodies around the human skeletal system.
Some of these items were used in years past for a study and how much fun we had
re-living the Halloweens and activities we did in 2010 and 2011!

In our homeschool, we don't use a science textbook per se;
Instead, I hunt down resources and sometimes create my own
 to suit our topics and needs.......
~Enjoy~



~1~
Educational DVDs for intro or review: 
Bill Nye's Bones and Muscles

We're huge fans of Bill.
Huge fans.
The way he presents the skeletal and muscular systems here
is fun, thorough and chock full of snippets of info!

Ever hear of Schlessinger Media?
No matter the topic, the systematic offering of facts is
wonderfully engaging!
 Skeletal and Muscular Systems


We've got a whole shelf of Eyewitness videos and books.
When my kids were small, they were even found immersed in
  Eyewitness books under their covers with flashlights,
waaaaaay after bedtime!
I'm sure you know the series; 
it's  staple in many HSing homes and classroom shelves.




~ 2~ 
Workbook/coloring book
I'm in love with the series of "coloring books" by Wynn Kapit:
The Anatomy Coloring Book is super "advanced." 

Each of the pages on a certain body system  have amazingly detailed focus
and captions on each page that are a wealth of info.
The skeletal system is handled in so in depth a manner.
Names and functions of bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons.
Doesn't it look eye catching?




~3~
Informative/helpful books:
These titles are middle school-ish and fully 
accessible, with practical diagrams and information.

Skeletons: Bones and How They Work




No, the above is not solely on the human skeletal system, 
but fascinating and informative nonetheless...

Here's a shot of my little guys about four years ago, studying bones
  and using this title: Uncover the Human Body
 and a few of the resources I mention~~



 The little skeletal system game was found at our local Dollar Tree!!
It's definitely a lot of fun!


 And Skelly, our model?
Not sure where we got it...
it's one of those things that has been in our "schoolroom" forever.
Easily obtainable on amazon or science supply sites.


~4~
~Interactive websites~
These sites are super enjoyable while reinforcing bone placement and names.
At  these sites, kids can
 label the bones
play games and reinforce their knowledge!
Enjoy!!



~ 5 ~
Fun and learning with REAL X Rays!!
How cool would it be to  construct a human skeleton
through actual x rays on film??
Guess what....... you can!
I was so excited about these when my friend AnnaMarie shared her set.....
I decided I had to invest in this for our homeschool!
Here are a few shots of how we are using the x rays:

Right now, we've hung and labelled the bones that my son knows.
Tomorrow, from the pelvis down to the metatarsals will be added!

The set provides a label for each bone...
however, I think it's important for my little guy to write his own \
labels...it;s just more interactive than slapping the given label up there.
I just feel it is necessary, given the framework of our instruction.
Many may not.
I'll add the rest of Mr Skeleton when he's completed!

~ 6~
A pretty art project~
Not "scientific," but just fun:
My son created what he is calling a "sugar skull."
Supplies:
8x10 canvas
paint markers
tempera paint and brushes
gems
gravel/sand

I think the making of a sugar skull is kinda individual and pretty
self explanatory....
Enjoy!!



~ 7 ~
Hands -  on Bones!

For some super clever and unique hands-on activities involving bones,
I'm sending you over to my friend,
Anna-Maria at  Life's Adventure,
who blogged her skeletal system activities recently as well.
She's got some pretty cool stuff happening in her homeschool and you  if
you're embarking on this topic, you definitely want to see her what her kids are up to!
I also found my x rays through Anna-Maria!



 ~8 ~
and another unscientific bonus:
Costumes and cookies~

And for a  fun Halloween dress-up  idea.....:
at one point or another,  each of  my kids wore Mr Bones
in years past......
They had to name 10 bones
 before they donned the costume in order to trick or treat......




Gingerbread skeletons??
Yup.
And SO easy too:
The perfect dessert after trick or treating!









Hey, for more fun, treats, crafts, decorating ideas, please head to my 
latest Artful Friday a round up of
Halloween/Autumn Fun:  7 Crafts, Treats, Literature & Decor 
I hope to "see" you there!!


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as well as a few other homeschool/family hops on my sidebar.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Snippets ~ Autumn Activities, Halloween Crafts, Insect Study & Daring to Remember 10/26/14


Hoping this finds you enjoying a 
glorious Sunday!
SO happy you could stop by for my version of Sunday Snippets,
where Catholic bloggers share their weekly posts.
Please join RAnn for more!


  Five Minute Friday:
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Insect Study with Kid Quest Adventure's Bugging Around: A Book Review

Welcome friends and thanks for stopping in for a little peek 
at a brand new science book 
that I'm lucky to have incorporated into our homeschool!

I was recently granted the opportunity  to  review the wonderfully engaging and extremely comprehensive book, Bugging Around. published recently by KidQuest Science Adventures. It was truly a perfect accompaniment to  my 6th grade son's science program and fit beautifully with our nature study as well as becoming the springboard for our  study of taxonomy.

This e book may, at first glance, appear  simply cute and colorful, but don't let the cover appeal fool you into thinking it is not thorough and in - depth! Bugging Around: Insects  provides a wealth  of information  as well as  opportunities for hands-on experiences within its "field research" section. 
Appealing, no?
It certainly grabbed my son
and he was eager to dive right in and  learn
as much as he could about BUGS!

I know from experience, as a homeschooling mom of a decade  and prior to that,  an elementary teacher of a dozen years, it is  a rare resource! Ah to be eye catching to middle schoolers, yet offer a plethora of background! This is the jackpot where an insect study is concerned, friends! So grab your clipboards, a magnifying glass and get out there on your backyard safari!

Let me give you a glance at  the Bugging Around: Insects Table of Contents so you can see for yourself how varied and interesting  are the topics presented:
Arthropods 
Buggy numbers 
What is an insect? 
Insect lifecycles 
Who are your neighbors? 
Where they live? 
Equipment check 
Bee safe 
Dinner time  
Pest profiles

Sounds wonderful, doesn't it??


And as for the life cycle instruction and follow up activities,
here's my son working an activity.
Within the book, there are suggestions for children to refer to 
companion websites in order to garner more info or a different angle.
This is So helpful, yet very rarely even necessary.
For example, in the activity above, we opted to search for 
even more life cycle examples than given in 
Bugging Around as my son drew his own.
Additionally, as we studied food webs, 
we found this helpful and kid friendly website....
Just thought I'd throw that in for those searching for quality science-y links.

We're planning on dissecting owl pellets next week to finalize our
food web study, which began through use of Bugging Around
 and then move to a study of 
Linnaean Classification.
As you can see, Bugging Around was our perfect springboard
for each of those units.
 I'm sure YOU will find convenient ways to adapt
this practical book into your homeschool curriculum as well!
So, take your kids on a backyard safari!

Here's how you can obtain a copy of this great

Bugging Around: Insects is the first in a series of books about the world of bugs!
Bugging Around: Insects is available in print form for $8.50 or 
in eBook for $5. 

Coming soon is book on CD.

(I was provided with a complimentary copy of this title in order to
use and review on my blog.)

 Friends, as always,  
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