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This anatomy resource would be an excellent supplement to a unit on the human body. Before teaching a specific body system, have students use the app to freely explore that system. Students can work in pairs or small groups, but make sure everyone has an opportunity to access the relevant information. You could also use the app as a resource for a class project. Students can investigate a specific body system and then create an illustrated poster or digital slide show to summarize what they learned.Continue reading Show less
The home screen for My Incredible Body has a clean, simple layout. Students choose from eight icons, each of which represent a different area of the human body. Information is broken down into the eight body systems -- brain and nervous, digestive, respiratory, skeletal, urinary, muscular, and circulatory -- and the senses (the reproductive system is available for the PC/Mac version and as an in-app purchase for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch).
Tap an icon to start, and information is presented as on-screen text with optional audio output and as animated video clips. Tap various areas of an organ to learn more about its structure and function, and rotate organs to get a 3-D view. Tap the rocket icon to go on a virtual journey through a specific body part.
Students can gain a wealth of knowledge about the human body through virtual exploration in this interactive, content-rich anatomy resource. Students are empowered to explore and learn at their own pace as they read, listen, view animations, and rotate graphics to study the structure and function of the human body and how its systems interact.
The developer's website provides parents and teachers with several 20-minute enrichment activities, including worksheets and ebooks, and a YouTube tutorial is available to orient adults to the app's features. Quizzes are also included for each of the seven body systems. The quizzes are scored immediately after students finish them, but there's no way to track individual progress.
Key Standards Supported
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11–12 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Key Standards Supported
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
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.