In the classroom, DIY Human Body could be fun when used as a supplemental resource throughout a unit about the human body. Introduce a body system by having kids read the summary and study the diagram in the Body Systems section of the app. After kids learn more through classroom instruction, have them work in small groups to view a video and write a 3-2-1 summary: three things they learned while viewing the video, two things they found most interesting, and one thing they still have a question about. Discuss their summaries as a class. Use one or more of the activities as a lab exercise.Continue reading Show less
DIY Human Body is a free science resource that teaches kids about human body systems. Kids can explore three different areas within the app: Body Systems, Activities, or Videos. There are 17 videos lessons that cover interesting and relevant topics. There are also 13 hands-on activities, and each one is organized into sections that make it easy to plan and conduct the activity. The Summary section gives an overview of the activity's objective, age level appropriateness, and a breakdown of the time required for preparation, activity completion, and clean-up. The Materials section includes a bulleted materials list and any applicable safety precautions. The Instructions section includes step-by-step instructions, along with pictures that illustrate how to do each step. And the Explanation section explains the science behind the activity. Activities can be downloaded and printed as PDF documents, which is handy for use in the classroom. They can also be emailed, which is a great way to send kids home-based assignments.
It would be great if the diagrams were interactive, but the activities and videos inspire kids' curiosity and give kids a chance to learn the basics of the human body in an age-appropriate setting. Most of the activities require adult supervision, so if you assign any as homework, be sure to communicate with parents and other caretakers.
As it is, the content is not rich enough to stand alone as an instructional tool, but the app is a great supplemental resource. Kids can learn about the circulatory, digestive, immune, skeletal, and respiratory systems. The activities provide kids with a fun, hands-on learning experience, and the follow-up explanations talk about the science behind the activities. By reading the brief summaries, completing the activities, and watching the videos, kids can learn about the basic structure and function of important body systems, as well as related topics like bone fractures and reducing the spread of germs. Formal assessments are not included, so kids will need some sort of outside assessment to gauge their progress.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Key Standards Supported
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
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