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The Human Body meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
The workings of the human body are expertly summarized in 11 tidy chapters, which include experiments that explain how the body works by creating models that either imitate or test its functions. The chapter on the respiratory system describes how to build a working model of the heart's four chambers with circulating "blood," while the chapter on the senses demonstrates how to make optical illusions. Many of the activities require adult supervision due to the materials required. For example, the decalcifying bone experiment calls for hydrochloric acid. Other projects include making a fingerprinting kit, forming an exact model of one's teeth, and taking a DNA extraction from plant cells. Simple drawings and cartoons enliven and illuminate the text; however, the black-and-white format detracts from their potential power. The scientific explanations are superb. A great addition to any collection.-Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY
The School Librarian’s Workshop
"Another new anatomy title is The Human Body: 25 projects Illuminate How the Body Works by Kathleen M. Reilly (ill. By Shawn Braley, Nomad, 2008, 104 p. 978-1-9346702-4-8.) The 10 chapters use humorous illustrations, fact boxes, and “Words to Know” to help the reader along. Projects include making fake blood, a tooth cast, and homemade skin care products. (Gr. 4-9)"
Jon Mallatt, Associate Professor of Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, co-author of Human Anatomy
"This book is lots of fun. It is easy to read and it gets the science right. All the projects are entertaining, easy enough to perform, and they teach a whole lot about how our fascinating bodies really work!"
Christopher T. Minson, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Department Head, Department Human Physiology, University of Oregon
"I love this book! As an educator, scientist, and parent, I found this book to be an excellent educational tool. The text is entertaining, the illustrations are fun and informative, and the experiments really bring the concepts to life! Students young and old will be engaged, entertained, and will have new-found excitement for the human body!"
Posted December 25, 2011
I think that this is a great book for all ages 11-adult wonderful book to learn about the importance of learning about your body and how it works!
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