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This week we're learning about our circulatory system and how to keep it healthy and working properly.I'm trying to hold off until the start of our new school year to "officially" teach Princess and Bulldozer to write their letters and numbers, just so I can stay with my syllabus. I'm super excited I found this prewriting activity that will lead straight in to letter writing. This week we're using salt, but I'm thinking about using shaving creamed or whipped topping next time, just to vary it up.
Body Sight Words
Medical Supply Coin Activity
Source: I created the cards for this activity.
Healthy Heart Addition & Subtraction
Source: I found these free cards at Montessori Print Shop.
Minutes of Exercise Graph
Source: I created this activity.
Happy Habits for a Healthy Heart
This activity is part research based and part religious based. I read several articles about what we should put into our bodies in order to have a healthy heart, but then also, being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I applied the teachings of the Word of Wisdom to our lesson. No matter what your religious faith, it may just be a matter of rearranging the cards a little bit to fit in the category you want them to.
Source: I found this diagram at Spell Out Loud.
Human Heart Arteries & Veins
Source: I found this coloring page at Crayola.com.
Human Body Sensory Bin
This bin includes:
large red glass beads
large white glass beads.
Small red pony beads
Clear glass ball beads
Tiny white skeletons (They're squishy!)
Tiny pink body parts and organs (They're squishy!)
As I build my collection of body parts (most likely after Halloween when everything's on clearance), I'll add more items.
Tweezing Red & White Blood Cells
I just love practical life activities. I feel they're just as important as Math or English. Hence why I always try to have so many.
Source: I found this idea at Discovery Days & Montessori Moments.
Drops of Blood from Veins & Arteries
I wanted to find a way to teach the kids the concept of pumping blood. Instead of creating an intricate model, I decided to use our droppers. One glass bottle is filled with blue water and the other red water to represent the veins and arteries. I had thought about making cards to explain where each color pumps from and to, but I decided that might be too complicated at this point for the kiddos. Plus I knew the card would get covered in water.
Spooning Red & White Blood Cells
There's nothing like combing three different activities in one! The kids are learning about the difference between red blood cells and white blood cells. They're learning how to use a spoon and scoop them. Let's not forget the sorting of blood cells too!
Tracing Hearts Using Stencils
Filling Our Hearts
Source: I saw this activity at To the Lesson.
Music: We also did a music activity, but it was a review from a previous unit.
This is our week! I'm super excited and can't wait to see how it goes! Next week we'll be learning about the immune system!