Your Body and How It Works (Science Activities)

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Introduces the workings of the human body, system by system, with related activities and thought questions

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Grade 4-6 An introduction to the human body that emphasizes discovery through participatory activities, this book fails to live up to its promise. Each of ten chaptersone for each system of the bodyconsists of a brief one- to two-page description of the function of the system plus four or five ``facts,'' such as ``activities of most muscles are started by the brain.'' Most of the systems are called by their commonly accepted name, i.e., nervous, digestive, yet others are referred to as ``the covering system'' or ``the waste-disposal system.'' After the description, a few experiments are presented in detail, with lists of needed materials, step-by-step procedures, and conclusions. Some need advance preparation or uncommon materials, such as a chicken foot or fresh beef lungs with windpipe intact, fertilized eggs, or scientific equipment like petri dishes, rubber bulbs, tubing, and so on. Many activities require adult supervision, but only some of them say so. Some of the activities are not safe, such as adding ether to a goldfish tank to knock out the fish, using lit cigarettes to prove smoking is harmful, and using razor blades. The writing is acceptable for factual presentation, but with some questionable assertions, such as ``eating certain foods can. . .bring on hiccups.'' The standard on the subject remains Linda Alison's Blood and Guts: a Working Guide to Your Own Little Insides (Little, 1976; o.p.); this one doesn't even come close. Denise L. Moll, Gallimore Elementary School, Canton, Mich.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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