A study of the human body is fascinating for all ages. Who’s not curious about the amazing, mysterious workings on the inside of ourselves? In our homeschool this year we are studying human anatomy in a unit study type format. Our primary homeschool “curriculum” is from Guest Hollow (check it out here and here) but I can’t leave well enough alone and am always looking for extras to supplement what we do. This week I’m focusing on our study of the blood.
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I’ll start by saying that we really don’t need to add to our primary curriculum, as it is already rich and full of exciting content. However, since I am combining the junior and high school levels for my students, I wanted to find some more things that would be enjoyable for both of my kiddos at the same time. That’s the beauty of homeschooling, right? We can combine ages and don’t have to compartmentalize each student in their own age-level box.
Khan Academy videos
Crash Course videos
- Blood, Part 1 – True Blood: Crash Course A&P #29
- Blood, Part 2 – There Will Be Blood: Crash Course A&P #30
- Red Cross blood page here
- A Drop of Blood (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
- The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins
- Create a model of the blood using corn syrup, red hot candies, white jelly beans, and rice, to show that blood is not solid red, but actually clear plasma that appears red because of the presence of red blood cells
- another model of the blood can be found here
- Blood type compatibility demonstration here
- Find out your blood type – Blood Type Kit – Also Includes: 1 Eldoncard, 1 Lancet, Alcohol Wipe, Plastic dropper, 4 Eldon Sticksn
- Blood Cell Bingo by Ellen J Mchenry
- FREE Blood Power Point from TPT
- For fun: make fake blood using corn syrup, a little water, food dye and a pinch of cocoa to get that deep red color
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I hope this helps you to have a fun and fulfilling unit study about the blood. Check back for more human body unit studies coming soon.