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First graders go on a journey through the human body. Join the teacher and her helper, who is dressed in a bodysuit that is designed to help the systems come alive. They lead the class through the "skeletal" basics of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. An inventive, and highly engaging series of lessons.
Students study the golden ratio approach using rectangles and a pentagram and make connections about proportional relationships. In this ratio relationships lesson plan, students describe ratio relationships as decimals and make comparisons. Students participate in a golden ratio activity in which they measure, record, and compute ratio relationships.
Students compare and contrast key skeletal differences between chimpanzees and humans: brain size, teeth, hand and thumb, trunk, pelvis, lower limb, foot and big toe. They then sort and group a set of mixed "fossil bones" of chimpanzee or human. A set of Australopithecine bones is introduced and students apply their skeletal knowledge to the classification of these "mystery" bones.
Students explore early hominid evolution as they analyze bones that share characteristics of both apes and humans. Students compare and contrast key skeletal differences between chimpanzees and humans. In groups, they sort and group a set of mixed bones of chimpanzees and human. A set of Australopithecine bones is introduced and students apply their skeletal knowledge to the classification of these unknown bones.
Students practice analyzing skeletal remains for clues by using the Internet. In this scientific investigation lesson, students research the La Belle shipwreck using the Internet and written materials, later completing a Skeletal Report Form in order to organize information about the victims. Students discuss their findings with the class.