The Body’s Largest Organ… The Skin
I had a hard time with this one! The skin is the body’s largest organ, so how the heck was I supposed to incorporate that into a life-sized diagram? It took a bit of creativity 🙂 When we reviewed the systems with our Gallery Walk this year, the student group who had the Integumentary System had a hard time knowing what to label/ include with their “body”. I knew then that I needed to have some things pre-drawn for this body system.
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/
The Gallery Walk was really an awesome activity so I fine-tuned it into a project that incorporated all of the systems. The picture below is from our Gallery Walk this year.
They loved having such large-sized structures to work with and told me that it really helped them remember the organs. For most of the body systems, I had the organs pre-drawn for them to make it more about delving into the content rather than them worrying about their “artistic” abilities. 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.
Here is the body for the Integumentary System…
These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. This particular project utilized the simple body outline since the skin covers the outer surface.
I drew the diagram for the Integumentary System project with a pull-out page for the skin and extra large diagrams for the hair and nail.
This is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Integumentary-System-PROJECT-4626673
It is the eigth 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!