Updated On: April 23, 2020

Human Body

Art & Design

Illustration

Follow Instructions: Follow this step by step tutorial on illustrating a human skeleton.

Health

Nutrition

Read: For learners in their early childhood, Good Enough to Eat is a great starter for understanding nutrition. Description: “In this book, you will learn: all about the nutrient groups…, each nutrient’s function, which foods contain which nutrients, how much of each nutrient a kid needs each day, how the body digests food, all about calories.”

Science

Biology & Human Body

Compare: How does the body handle extreme situations such as space flight (video), deep ocean diving (video), extreme heat and cold? Compare this to other creatures who live in the setting if applicable.

Read: For early childhood learners, read Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain. Synopsis: “Did you know you can stretch and grow your own brain? Or that making mistakes is one of the best ways your brain learns? Awarded as one of the best growth mindset books for kids, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It teaches all the ways that the brain can develop with exercise, just like the rest of our bodies. Educator and psychologist Dr. JoAnn Deak offers a fun and engaging introduction to the anatomy and functions of the brain that will empower each young reader to S-T-R-E-T-C-H and grow their fantastic, elastic brain!”

Read: For teenage learners, The Body: A Guide for Occupants (or on Audible) is a great read. Synopsis: “Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body–how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.”

Research: Investigate how the brain structures impact personality (Google, DuckDuckGo). There are many studies old and new that are informative, as well as incidents in history where parts of the brain have been damaged but were not fatal, and significant personality change was noted.

Research: Investigate organ transplants (Google, DuckDuckGo, YouTube). What organs are transplanted? What is the process? How are the recipients selected?

Chemistry

Visualize: Investigate various chemical reactions that are necessary for life such as the Krebs cycle. Conceptually follow an oxygen or glucose molecule through routes in the body. Learn about it first from Crash Course if needed.


How else might important subject matter be learned from this interest topic? Comment below! Half-baked ideas are more than welcome, too.