Anatomy Practicals Sneak Peek!

Here’s a sneak peek of what all 11 body systems combined look like as a finished project! Students will be able to work with organs and structures in both the anterior and posterior body cavities.  I have included all of the organs and structures that I cover with my high school Anatomy & Physiology students.  I cannot wait for the upcoming school year so we can build our “bodies” (and probably dissect them as an “autopsy” at the end).

(Ps- There actually is a brain inside the skull at the very end. I just couldn’t juggle my phone and opening the lift-the-flap skull 🤓 The brain inside is also lift-the-flap)

To see ALL of the 11 body systems this includes, please visit https://ateacherontheedge.wordpress.com/category/anatomy-physiology/anatomy-practicals-stackables-that-teach/ for links to all!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Respiratory System!

The Respiratory System – Simplified!

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My students love having large-sized structures to work with and always tell 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…

This is what I had drawn for my students to use for the Gallery Walk last year. This summer, I have improved upon the diagrams and added the diaphragm muscle.

These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. Labels for the structures are also included in small print.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap lung so students can see the bronchi and alveoli underneath.

This project is new in my TpT store!  You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Respiratory-System-PROJECT-4595368

It is the eleventh (and final!) 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!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Lymphatic/ Immune System!

The Lymphatic/ Immune System- Difficult to Visualize… Until Now!

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I admit, this system is really hard for my students to understand and visualize. Last year, when my students did the Gallery Walk, I simply had them draw in the major lymphatic vessels & areas. I wasn’t really pleased because I felt that they could have gone much deeper. So, this summer, the system was at the top of my list to “revamp” and provide students with a better experience.

My students love having large-sized structures to work with and always tell 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…

These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. Each lymph node area is labeled so it could be color coded by students.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap long bone, spleen, and separate large sized lymph node to show the interior.

  Labels for the structures are also included in small print.  

This project is new in my TpT store!  You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Lymphatic-Immune-System-PROJECT-4631442

It is the tenth 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!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Excretory/ Urinary System!

The Excretory/ Urinary System- Life-Sized!

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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…

When I did this Gallery Walk with my classes last year, I had only pre-drawn the basic structures.

Over the summer, I have improved upon these drawings and now have pre-drawn both the male and female Excretory/ Urinary structures.

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 kidney to show the interior.

Labels for all the organs and structures are also included in small print.

This project is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Excretory-Urinary-System-PROJECT-4567204

It is the ninth 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!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Reproductive System!

Teaching the Reproductive System to High School Students can be Interesting….

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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…

I admit… When my classes did the Gallery Walk last year, I made the Reproductive System optional. I know, I know…. I just couldn’t face the possibility of what I might get if I had my students draw reproductive organs (to scale) on these life sized bodies LOL! So, I have pre-drawn the structures to work with the rest of my life-sized bodies. Hopefully, it will take some of the apprehension out of this part of the project (or at least it will for this teacher 🙂 )

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 organs that make up both the male and female Reproductive Systems for students to label.

Labels for all the organs and structures are also included in small print.

This project is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Reproductive-System-PROJECT-4613573

It is the eighth 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!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Endocrine System!

The Endocrine System Simplified!

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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…

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 all of the organs that make up the digestive system for students to label.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap pancreas, adrenal gland, thyroid gland, and brain to show the interior.

Labels for all the organs and structures are also included in small print.

This project is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Endocrine-System-PROJECT-4615578

It is the seventh 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!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Digestive System!

The Digestive System– Life-sized!

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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…

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 all of the organs that make up the digestive system for students to label.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap stomach and small intestine to show the interior and villi. I recently updated the stomach to highlight the 3 smooth muscle layers.

Labels for all the organs and structures are also included in small print.

This project is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Digestive-System-PROJECT-4613072

For just the large skeletons, please visit https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Anterior-Posterior-Skeletons-8-Full-Pages-Each-4397926

It is the sixth 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!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Integumentary System!

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…IMG_0434

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.

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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!

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Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Skeletal System!

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The Skeleton– Life-sized!

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/img_0073They 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…

 

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 both the anterior and posterior views of the skeleton for students to label.  (One industrious student in one class printed her labels instead of handwriting them 🙂 )

 

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap skull to show the interior and sinus cavities. img_0550

 

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I am also including a lift-the-flap long bone to show the interior with medullary cavity.

This project is new in my TpT store!  You can check it out here –> https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Skeletal-System-PROJECT-Includes-2-Versions-4497805

For just the large skeletons, please visit https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Practicals-Life-Sized-Anterior-Posterior-Skeletons-8-Full-Pages-Each-4397926

It is the fourth 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!Slide1

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The Complicated Patient: An Authentic PBL for High School Anatomy

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What’s more fun than an autopsy?

If you read my previous post (read it here )on the big review PBL I wrote for my Anatomy students (& will use to review A&P in Forensics as well), you know how much my students love Forensics. So, I decided to take that PBL idea and go a little deeper with it.  (Plus… Shhhh! I still have some time to fill before school gets out and I need another fun activity LOL!) Regardless of my motive motivation, I decided to take the Medical Examiner PBL idea to the next level and have my students collaborate in teams to interpret an autopsy report, decide what caused the death of Patient X, create a CER (Cause, Evidence, Reasoning) presentation and paper, and compete for an opportunity for a job in the Medical Examiner’s Office. Whew! Sounds fun doesn’t it? 🙂

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The Basics of the Complicated Patient PBL

This PBL activity can be used as a standalone project or as an enrichment companion activity to the Assistant Medical Examiners Training Program PBL.  It is intended as a deeper review of the various body systems within a practical application.  Students will be exposed to medical vocabulary used in the context of an actual autopsy report.  Every effort was made to produce an autopsy report that mirrors what is produced from a real Medical Examiner’s office.  Some of the vocabulary might be unfamiliar, but will make an excellent “teachable moment” for things like word parts (ex. thromboemboli- “thrombo”= blood clot;  “emboli”- moving) or common medical conditions (ex. Atherosclerosis- hardening of the arteries). img_0389

Students always enjoy the opportunity to debate! This project provides students with the opportunity to analyze information, form an opinion, and defend their decision with direct evidence from their patient. I included several rubrics that I use for assessment as my students complete this project.  These include opportunities for students to evaluate themselves, their team, as well as tools for me as the teacher to evaluate their work as a team and the product they produce. Here are the rubrics included with the PBL.

img_0388I have also included my KEY to the Interpretation of Autopsy Findings Chart, although answers could certainly vary with your students’ the depth of analysis.  img_0383.jpgAs for the “answer” to Patient X’s death, arguments can be made for both sides for manner of death 1) Death by heart attack or stroke (natural causes), then he had the accident or 2) Death resulting from injuries caused by the accident (accidental). A case could also be made for 3) undetermined because it really is difficult to pinpoint an exact event that caused his death (Since he was on blood thinners, he experienced heavier than normal bleeding from all the injuries (especially the lacerated liver) and maybe he would have survived these injuries if he wasn’t taking this drug). It’s always exciting for me as a teacher to hear the analysis my students participate in during a project like this!

The final aspect of the PBL is a team presentation to the Medical Examiner making their “case” for the manner of death their team believes happened.  My students consistently amaze me with the understandings they develop when they have to figure out an issue!  I require both a Google slide presentation as well as a written paper (in Google docs) because I have Juniors and Seniors and they need all the experience conveying their ideas as they can possibly get!  Here are my rubrics for the CER (Cause, Evidence, Reasoning). img_0382

Grading for this project is flexible for the teacher.  I have included my rubric (I count this project 150 points) with the point values for each part, as well as various evaluations and reflections that help me really assess my students’ learning with this project. 

 

  
I tend to grade teams according to how well they make their case and defend it with evidence….. not whether they chose natural cause, accidental, or undetermined as the manner of death.

I have found that project-based activities that feel “real” tend to foster rich conversations among the team members and encourage student engagement. It’s so helpful for students see Anatomy & Physiology in an authentic context!  If you are interested in purchasing this activity, please visit my TpT store https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Complicated-Patient-PBL-For-Anatomy-No-Prep-Print-and-Go-4566097

If you’d like to purchase the Assistant Medical Examiner Training Program PBL, please visit my TpT store at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Assistant-Medical-Examiner-Training-Program-PBL-For-Anatomy-or-Forensics-4561932

Save 20% when you purchase the BUNDLE of BOTH projects!  See it here https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Anatomy-Review-BUNDLE-Includes-2-COMPLETE-Project-Based-Learning-Activities-4566145

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