The human body is one of the most fascinating topics to learn about! Recently our Prep-ONE (SK) students learned about how the different systems work together to keep the human body functioning. In the process of learning about the various systems, we reviewed some informative resources, which included non-fiction books, models of the human body, as well as posters from our Montessori materials. Additionally, through the use of the interactive online activities, our Prep-ONE students learned about the concept of separate components working together to build a body system.
The video above shows our Prep-ONE class discussing the Respiratory System. In this lesson, our students learned about how the Respiratory System allows us to take in vital oxygen and expel carbon dioxide in a process we call breathing. It consists mainly of the nose/mouth, trachea, bronchial tubes, lungs, and the diaphragm. The purpose of teaching these systems is to help our young students understand that the different systems within the body work independently and together to form a functioning human body. They absolutely loved this topic, as you can see from their eagerness to get involved in the conversation.
Research indicates that young children who are taught using hands-on teaching methods do better in school than those who are not. As a result, we used many different hands-on activities to learn about the systems of the body. This was not only informative, but also very fun and engaging for students. In the picture above you can see how students created a three-dimensional project using recycled materials such as yarn, pipe cleaners, and scraps of paper to create the Respiratory System of the human body. Through this activity, our students learned various skills, which included (but were not limited to): control, communication, concentration, problem solving skills and dedication to finishing tasks. As Albert Einstein once said, “I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
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