For a human anatomy unit, DK The Human Body App would be a great digital learning tool. As you introduce each body system, have students use the app to explore the system, taking notes about the organs and other structures. Then assign small groups to a chapter within the system and have groups create a poster or other visual presentation, along with quiz questions about their presentations, to share with the class. Kids who watch the presentation can answer the quiz questions. You could also use the app to review a body system by having students turn off the labels on the system and quiz each other in small groups.Continue reading Show less
DK The Human Body App is organized into three levels: systems, chapters, and stories. Kids get started by tapping a system on the home screen, and then a labeled image of the system with tappable hotspots appears. Kids can turn off the labels and hotspots if they want. Chapters within each system cover more detailed topics, and story boxes within chapters focus on single aspects of the topics. For example, when kids tap on the respiratory system, they can view and learn details about each organ in the system. Then, within this system, kids can access the chapters "Lungs" and "Breathing and Vocalization." Tap the story box in each chapter to learn even more. A search feature lets kids explore content using key terms.
This fantastic interactive app teaches kids about human anatomy. By viewing incredibly detailed illustrations and reading supporting text, kids learn about 12 human body systems: integrated body, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, integumentary (skin, hair, and nails), lymphatic and immune, digestive, urinary, and reproductive. Once kids choose a system on the home page, a labeled image of the system appears. Kids can zoom in, turn for a 360-degree view, and click on hotspots and other features to learn more. Animated videos help explain some of the topics, which supports visual and auditory learning.
Kids may be overwhelmed by the vast amount of information available, so using the Help feature is a good way to get kids started. Kids with different learning styles would benefit from some sort of text-to-speech feature, which isn't currently an option. A built-in challenge to help kids apply and assess what they learn would be nice.
Key Standards Supported
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11–12 texts and topics.
Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas.
Key Standards Supported
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
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