Now that it’s October, one of the subjects I really like to cover is the human body! I don’t go too far into Halloween activities, but subjects like the human body, bats, and spiders just seem to work so well for us. Today, I will share a detailed look at some of our human body activities!
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Human Body Activities
Age: You can use these cards for children approximately between the ages of 3-6. Younger children can use the image and control cards for a matching work (2 part cards). Older children that are starting to read can use these as traditional 3 part cards.
Using 3 Part Cards to Create Human Body Activities
We explored the human body in depth, looking at different body systems, organs, and the skeleton. To start with, I created several sets of 3 part cards to introduce the different topics we were covering.
First, I always present Montessori 3 part cards on a custom tray. Instead, you can use a normal tray and different bowls/plates to contain the cards. The idea is that they should remain separate and should not move around on the tray.
This organized presentation helps children to easily identify how to use the work. This also makes it easy for children to recognize where each item goes when they are cleaning up (an important step to completing any work).
Use the image cards in combination with a Montessori 3 part lesson to teach new vocabulary to kids. Here is how I present new vocabulary:
- Take the tray and place it on your mat on the ground (or table, or wherever you work).
- Lay out the image cards in front of you. Leave enough space for control cards to the right of each image card, and labels underneath each image card.
- Next, match the label cards to the image cards. Place them underneath each image card.
- Check your work by adding the control cards to the right of each image card.
- Gather the materials, and put them back on the tray.
- Bring the tray back to its spot on the shelving unit.
Now it’s your child’s turn!
Human Body Organs 3 Part Cards
We explored parts of the human body with our organs 3 part cards.
You can also use the cards alongside manipulatives that represent parts of the human body. Safari Ltd has a human organs toob that you can purchase here.
Skeleton 3 Part Cards
In addition to the organs 3 part cards, your students can explore the parts of the human skeleton.
The three part cards can be used with a skeleton model to explore the different bones more closely.
Human Body Systems Sorting Cards
The human body systems cards can also be used to create a sorting work. There are three cards representing each body system – one without a background, one on a girl body, and one on a boy body.
You can have the children sort the cards by bodily system. This is a fun way to compare how different body systems appear in males and females.
You use just the image cards from the 3 part cards set like we did here.
Human Body Posters
In addition, the skeletal system and several of the organs included in the three part cards sets come with matching posters! We used these as classroom art, as well as an accompanying material to study the make-up of different organs.