Last week we had our final Science Club session. Besides this series of blog posts, I have a ton of notes on this topic on my website and also taught it as a Summer Camp... back when we could meet in person, which allowed us to do many more experiments and demonstrations. Waldorf schools cover this in grades 7 & 8. Montessori schools introduce the story of The Great River as the Sixth Great Lesson in Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) and do an in-depth study of Human Anatomy & Physiology in Upper Elementary (ages 9-12).
Previous Sessions in this Science Club topic were:
- The Twelve Senses
- Teaching About ASL and Braille
- The Human Body: The Nervous System
- The Human Body: The Circulatory System
- The Human Body: The Muscular System
- The Human Body: The Skeletal System
- The Human Body: The Teeth
- The Human Body: The Digestive System
- The Human Body: The Respiratory System
- The Human Body: The Excretory System
- The Human Body: The Integumentary System
- The Human Body: The Immune System
- The Human Body: The Lymphatic System
Friday, September 4
Prior to Meeting
Review of The Immune System
(The Department of Defense)
"The novel coronavirus is a master of disguise. Here's how it works.”
The Washington Post
Review: The Lymphatic System
(The Department of Water Control)
- coloring pages from Human Anatomy Coloring Book by Margaret Matt and Joe Ziemian
"Lymph System" on page 41
Introduction to The Endocrine System
(The Post Office)
"The Phone vs. The Letter"
you will need: a phone, a notecard & envelope, a stamp, a mailbox, a friend who lives far away
Call someone on the phone. Write down the time that you call, and what time you talk to them. It may be right away, or you may have to leave a message. If they don’t answer, leave a message that says you’re doing a science experiment and you’d like them to call you back ASAP. How much time passed between when you picked up the phone to call and when you talked to them?
Now, write a person a letter and address the envelope and put a stamp on it and put it in the mailbox. Write down the time and the day that you mail the letter. In the letter, tell that person that you’re doing a science experiment and you’d like them to write back ASAP and tell you when they got your letter. How many days did it take them to get your letter? How much time passed in all between when you mailed the letter and when you got their response?
you will need: a partner, some index cards or pieces of paper, scissors, pen, your imagination
Create a series of commands on index cards or on pieces of paper. Cut each card in half in a squiggly way, like you’re making a puzzle piece. Keep one half of each card for yourself and give the other half of each card to your partner. You can also play this with a larger group and give card halves to all of the people in your family. Once two people have found two halves that match, and they have reassembled and read the card, they must do what it says.
Here are some examples:
bark like a dog
hop on one foot
tell a knock-knock joke
eat a bowl of cereal
run around the yard
dress in your favorite color
count to 100
blink three times
do ten jumping jacks
Note: The Great River story (PDF) from ETC Montessori does not include The Endocrine System, but I decided to and that the best analogy for our system of hormones would be The Post Office. Compared to the electrical messages carried via The Nervous System, it operates on a much slower scale.
Introduction to The Reproductive System
(The Space Program)
- "Taking Stock" from Blood and Guts: A Working Guide to Your Own Insides by Linda Allison, page 125
- experiments from The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works by Kathleen Reilly
"Make Your Own Inheritance Model" on page 103
"Make Your Own DNA Extraction" on page 104
“Extract DNA from a Strawberry at Home - Cool Science Experiment”
During the Meeting
- review the results of student at-home activities
- read Gregory Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe
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