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Human Body: The Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary Systems

Interactive Notebook Pages for Your Human Body Unit

Here is the next set of pages for a biology or anatomy/physiology unit on the human body.  I am very pleased at how this set turned out!  It is a set of 33 students pages on the skeletal, muscular and integumentary systems. The pages can be used in so many different ways.  If you are into interactive note booking these pages will make excellent additions.  I most often use these for warm ups and homework assignments.  They can also be used for tutoring, review and reinforcement, and for your sub folders.

The following images will give you a good idea of what is included.

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Many of the pages have great pictures and diagrams to enhance student learning and retention of concepts.  Other pages (without diagrams) have questions that require the student to use the skills of comparing, contrasting, analyzing, critical thinking, writing and explaining.



As stated above, this set includes only the skeletal, muscular and integumentary systems.  Specific titles can be seen in the images below.




Also on the topic of the human body is a set of 19 students pages called "Introduction to the Human Body."

You can view all of my interactive notebook products by clicking this link.

Have fun teaching!


Human Body Interactive Notebook Pages: A Teaching Method That Works For Me!

The new trick in my teaching arsenal this year has been the use of a "warm-up" notebook. These pages go by many names:  Warm ups, bell ringers, interactive notebooks, do-nows, exit slips.  Use whatever name you want, but know this ... This technique is effective and student retention of the subject matter has soared!

I am now writing and developing a set of pages for "The Human Body."  Two sets are now ready:

For this blog post, I'll focus on the first set, Introduction to the Human Body. (For blog posts on my other sets of interactive notebook pages, simply type in "interactive notebooks" into the search box at the top of my blog.)  

This is the first year that I have introduced this technique into my classes, and I have been most pleasantly surprised by the response of my students.  There is no moaning and groaning in my classroom,,,, the students are actually enjoying this! We are calling this a "warm up" notebook in my class.  My students do these pages at the beginning of each class period, and often carry home additional pages to complete for homework.  Many of the students have taken great pride in their notebooks, going above and beyond to create amazing notebooks.  All of the students who at putting in at least some effort are commenting that studying has become an easier task and they are getting better grades as a result.  

As I stated above, I have just begun to development the pages for the human body.  The following images will provide you with some details of this set.



The student pages are half-page sizes.  Two warm ups are printed on one page to help you save paper.  There is no elaborate cutting, gluing, or folding required.  You simply print the pages and cut them in half.  A teacher answer key is provide for each and every student page.


This set includes 19 student pages.  The specific titles can be seen below.

I have written these warm ups to be used with my first year Biology classes, but the pages have a good range of "easy to difficult."  This makes them usable by both middle school and high school teachers.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I know that we are all getting excited that summer is just around the bend!

What Will You Do For Earth Day?

There's not much time left to plan!  Earth Day is quickly approaching on April 22!

Has Earth Day slipped up on you this year?  If you are like me, end of course testing is quickly approaching and there is hardly any time left to squeeze in anything extra.  But the nature lover in me just can't let Earth Day go by without a mention in my science classes.  Surely we can find 10-15 minutes on April 22 to celebrate Planet Earth.  Here are some fresh ideas for your science classroom that require little to no preparation time.

First, I have a FREE Earth Day PowerPoint in my TpT store.  It is about the history of Earth Day and what led to the creation of Earth Day over 40 years ago.  The PowerPoint is relatively short, and can be viewed in about 10 minutes.  All you have to do is download it and play it.  Easy-peasy!

Click this image to download my free PowerPoint.

Next, I have just been introduced to the most fabulous site.  It is called Nature Works Everywhere and is sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.  It is packed full with the most wonderful videos, each of which is accompanied by free downloadable lesson plans.

From the Nature Works Everywhere site:  "Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe alongside Nature Conservancy scientists—interactive games, and interactive lesson plans that align to standards and can be customized for each classroom."

I love that the videos are relatively short.  They are extremely interesting and cover a variety of topics and concepts.  You can't go wrong by showing one of these in your class on Earth Day.

Click image to view these free lessons.

Finally, don't forget that there is an official Earth Day website.  You can check the site for events happening in your area.

This blog post is part of the Secondary Smorgasbord Blog hop event for secondary teachers.

Thanks to Darlene Anne Curran (The ELA Buffet) and Pamela Kranz (Desktop Learning Adventures) for hosting our monthly blog hop event!  

Curious to see What's Growin' in other secondary classrooms? Take a look at the great link ups below.