The Struggle is REAL…..
My students struggle because most anatomical diagrams are small and can be difficult for them to analyze. My class created big bodies with basic organs from an outline I drew for their Gallery Walk at the conclusion of our first unit on the body systems. It was SO beneficial for them! Check out my previous blog post on this here https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/intro-to-anatomy-physiology-review-and-body-systems-gallery-walk/They loved having such large-sized structures to work with and told me that it really helped them remember the organs. I looked for pre-made life-sized bodies with organs, but sadly only found things appropriate for elementary students. Definitely not detailed enough for Juniors and Seniors in high school, many of whom plan to pursue a career in the medical field. So, I decided that I should create LIFE-SIZED diagrams which I knew would focus on the important structures of the system but, at the same time, be RIGOROUS enough for my high school Anatomy students…
So here is a little peek at the finished products for the Cardiovascular/ Circulatory System we are doing this week and next (in honor of Valentine’s Day)…
These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. I drew this project with a lift-the-flap labeled heart, as well as the major circulatory pathway throughout the body already drawn in for students so they would know what to color red and what to color blue. I plan to use these in teaching the flow of blood as well as the types of vessels. We will also be using the Anatomically Correct Heart Valentine for our heart study. See it in action in my class here https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/need-a-cute-activity-for-valentines-day-create-an-anatomically-correct-valentine/ (Link to purchase the bundle on TpT is here https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/3D-Heart-Activity-WTeachers-Guide-Bundle-WAnatomically-Correct-HeartValentine-3594786 )
I will also have my students color and label the most important arteries and veins. Here’s a picture from a previous class (please excuse the wrinkles, I folded it and put it in my filing cabinet lol) They also used yarn instead of coloring.
This is the list of arteries and veins we will learn and label.
This is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-CardiovascularCirculatory-System-PROJECT-4355366
It is the first installment in my newest project called Anatomy Practicals! These will cover each body system and provide your students with life-sized diagrams as well as the important organs included… all rigorous enough for high school Anatomy students! I have also bundled these with instructions for the project that my students did for each system. Stay tuned for all systems to be posted!