Investigate Your Body’s Life & Its Unique Way of Identifying You!
A 36-Week Schedule for Your Year-Long Anatomy Study
Target Age Group: Grades 4th to 6th
Type of Resource: Non-Consumable
This Science Guide for “Human Body and Forensics”
“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.
Using This Science Study
Each week your student will work through several resources. These resources are designed to be done orally together with the parent, but could be done independently if the student is older and accustomed to working on their own. Each week there are suggested activities, some of which should be completed. There is a lot of content in the activities, and most of them are very simple to complete and require limited supplies, especially those from “Your One-of-a-Kind Human Body.” Any needed supplies beyond common items such as art or household supplies are listed in the back of this guide.
Our science programs are designed to complement the comprehensive nature of our themed programs. This one can be completed in 2.5 to 5 hours per week. Many parents choose to do science on their “fifth” day that WinterPromise does not schedule themed program assignments.
This guide is non-consumable. The only consumable in the overall program is the “Your One-of-a-Kind Human Body.”