Kids are really enjoying the Crash course series which we watch before starting any human body unit.
We signed up for a course on the Abdomen thru future learn. It was a three week course that thoroughly examined the abdomen and the digestive and excretory system. If you haven't check out this online free course site, you should! It is geared to adult learners but the children and I still get quite a bit of information out of the series!
Next I looked around for some experiments for the kids and I to try. I found this one on you tube
The kids and I talked about recreating it but honestly it was just a little to gross even for me:)! So I went simpler and according to the kids gross enough by turning bread into Chyme.
|We tore up half a slice of bread and added it to a zip locked bag|
|add 2 tablespoon of water and the kids kneaded the bag. I had the kids do this while watching the above video|
|after 6 minutes we had the beginning of Chyme!|
Next we went on to learn about the Excretory system again starting by watching the Crash course video. Next we do an experiment to replicate the filtration process of the kidneys (this was a decidedly less gross experiment for us)
|Cut off the bottom of two water bottles|
|Drill a hole in the cap and insert clear piping|
|Take half a cup of water and add 1 drop of food coloring|
|Carefully pour the water into the bottles and the coffee filters remove the coloring|
|and the should be clear water that runs into the tubes (ureter)|
|And it fills up the bladder and empties clear. We did this several times and while the coloring was alway weaker it was not 100% clear in our experiment. We tried adding more filters but again there was some light coloring coming thru:(|
Next the kids dissected a kidney (which is the last dissection project for the school year)
|We watched a video on how to dissect a sheep kidney|
|This was the first time we had trouble figuring out what we saw....I wonder if a fresh kidney would have been better?|
|We did identify the Urether|
|Kids taking a closer look.|