The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works

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Kids will be amazed at all the action that’s going on right inside their own bodies, from understanding just how that apple turns into energy to how the “leftovers” make their exit. The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works will engage kids with hands-on activities that will show them all the fantastic, well-orchestrated systems at work in their very own bodies—they’ll see exactly how smoke affects the lung, how the heart really acts as a liquid pump, and how the different joints are ...
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Kids will be amazed at all the action that’s going on right inside their own bodies, from understanding just how that apple turns into energy to how the “leftovers” make their exit. The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works will engage kids with hands-on activities that will show them all the fantastic, well-orchestrated systems at work in their very own bodies—they’ll see exactly how smoke affects the lung, how the heart really acts as a liquid pump, and how the different joints are structured and serve different purposes. Kids will gain a concrete understanding of their bodies—and realize in the process just how amazing they really are.

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.

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The School Librarian's Workshop
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.
Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
There are sure a lot of things going on in our bodies. The brain is the lead organ in the nervous system, like the heart is in the circulatory system. And even though we do not notice it, we have an amazing set of systems that work together to keep our bodies going. We go through our day sleeping, eating, walking, and talking without thinking too much about it. That is because these things are done mechanically by the body. So how does it all work, this wondrous machine called the human body? It starts with blood. Miles of it run through the body. Without this river of life, our cells could not function at all. The path the blood takes is called the circulatory system. At the center is the heart. The heart is not really shaped like the box of chocolates seen on Valentine's Day. It is actually shaped more like a fist. Its job is to pump blood through the body from head to toe. Every day we breathe in and out. That is because the respiratory system is doing its job. It brings air into the lungs so cells can get oxygen. The nose, windpipe, and bronchial tubes all pitch in to help. Our lungs breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. So even though the air coming out of the nose feels the same as when it came in, it is really quite different. Everything put into the body gets processed. When food is chewed, it starts the digestive process. After the food reaches the stomach, the body gets to wok breaking it down. Then the food moves to the small intestines where much of the liquid and nutrients will be absorbed by the body. From there it will move on to the large intestines where the stuff the body cannot use for anything passes through and is expelled. Any movement the body makesis controlled by muscles. Even the heart. Muscles come in all shapes and sizes. Some are voluntary—you choose to make them move (raise the hand)—and others are involuntary, like the heart or stomach digesting food. The bones of the human skeleton make blood cells and protect the major organs from damage. Bones have another part inside, soft tissue called bone marrow. And inside are the stem cells. Bones rang in size and shape and are very strong. If a bone breaks, the doctor will line up the parts and set it with a cast until it heals. I found this book to be very interesting. Not only because it was easy to read and understand, but because it has twenty-five projects for the reader to experiment with so they can see how various parts of the body work. Also, as a bonus, the book offers several homemade skin care products, such as a simple face scrub made from table sugar. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

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

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School Library Journal
"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…. 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…. The scientific explanations are superb. A great addition to any collection."

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!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934670248
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,257,074
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

Shawn Braley is an award-winning illustrator. He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, Inc. He specializes in cartoon and editorial illustration. Braley is also a world traveler, musician, cat owner, and comic art collector.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Good book

    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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