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    By Lara

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    I have completed body maps with my first graders. It is a daring mission when you start out, and everything must be explained in full detail to the students. The student create full size body maps (they will need help tracing and cutting out their bodies) Then, each time you teach about the different body system, you color, cut out a blackline organ and place the organ on the body map. (The prep work includes making outlines of each organ) A sample exercise: Circulatory system- you may simply ask the students to do 20 jumping jacks and then feel their chest. Explain to them that they have a heart and that heart works to pump the blood. You would be surprised how little students know about their own bodies. The other systems include digestive system (there is a great magic school bus video on digestion "For Lunch")nervous system, respiratory system, skeletal and muscular. For the skeletal system, we place bones on one leg and then for the muscular system, we place muscles on the other leg. The show joints, we used paper fasteners after we cut joints on the elbows and wrists. I hope all of this helps. If you need any other help, you can send me an e-mail.


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