Human Body & Forensics 3-7 Guide
“Human Body and Forensics” is an intriguing science program designed to show your middle grade students just how amazing their bodies are, and its unique way of identifying them as an individual.
The resources this guide coordinates allow students to spend a year discovering the various systems inside your body! Go “inside” these systems to discover how you breathe, eat, think, move and feel. You’ll also learn about great milestones in medicine — the germ theory, the invention of the microscope, sanitation, x-rays, and more! Then, take a trip inside the basics of forensics — fingerprinting, simple evidence provided by blood, handwriting clues, fiber and hair evidence and other basic forensic tools. Fantastic resources allow students to learn by observation and simple experiments.
As they go, students will enjoy a lot of science journaling, just as Charlotte Mason advocated. Journaling assignments also help to reinforce what the student is learning. Students will learn to write notes on assignments.
This program includes just a flavor of forensics in the program, and could still be completed without the forensics component. In this way, it differs from our “Human Body and Forensics for 7th to 12th Grade,” which contains significant forensics material. It is worth noting that much of the forensics study completed this year focuses on the collection of evidence found at a crime scene, which may or may not be the scene of violence. Forensic science is used when collecting evidence at robberies or arson crime scenes, for instance. However, it is assumed that some of the practice of forensic science does involve a dead body, whether that person died violently or from natural causes. You can choose to eliminate the forensics portion of this program, and still have a full study of anatomy and the history of medicine.