Each year, Mrs. Cooper’s UW Anatomy & Physiology class prepares informative presentations for a group of elementary students. This year, the students prepared special “virtual” presentations students can watch and take part in at home! Each presentation below is separated by body system and includes a description, materials needed, and link to their project. Each one should take approximately 20-30 minutes and includes the presentation of information, reading of a story, and a hands-on activity for students. The target audience for these presentations are 2nd-4th graders, but of all ages can participate if they like. Enjoy these entertaining and educational presentations about the human body systems created entirely by these seniors at Lynden Christian!
The Cardiovascular System
Kristin and Isabella’s presentation:
In this video, students will learn about the cardiovascular system. There will be an informative presentation to start, an activity on how blood flows through the heart, and finally a storybook reading about arrythmia. Some students may need some parental help for the activity.
Square Piece of Paper (cut printer paper into square, 8.5” x 8.5”)
Heart Diagram (printed off of link in video description)
Color Pencils or Markers (preferably light colored)
Marissa & Laine’s presentation:
In this video lesson, you will be learning about the cardiovascular system which includes the heart, its parts, and it’s functions. First, the system will be introduced and you will be able to learn about what is going on inside the heart. Then, we will read a short storybook about a child with a heart disease. Finally, we will explain how to do a craft that resembles a heart pumping blood, and you will be able to follow along with us to participate in the craft.
Materials needed: Pencil, paper, small jar, large balloon, tape, two bendy straws, toothpick, scissors, plastic cup, red food coloring (optional), parent supervision/help is recommended for the craft portion of the video.
The Skeletal System
Paige and Tara’s presentation:
Hello, join Paige and Tara in learning about the skeletal system! We will go through an overview of the skeletal system with three videos: a presentation, an original book reading, and an activity for the students to do. This can all be found on the google site we created; you may want to take a look at the materials required for the student activity before settling down. We hope you have fun and enjoy the lesson on the skeletal system we’ve created for you!
Materials needed: We offered three activities for students to do, you can do all or one, and you may want a parent to help you begin or gather materials. For the first one you will need scissors, a glue stick, a black and white crayon, 10 Q-tips, black construction paper. For the second one: a pencil or pen, and access to a printer. For the last one you will need 8-10 pieces of pasta (any kind with holes), the same amount of gummy life savers, about 2ft of string, and 2 paper clips. Please be careful while dealing with sharp objects such a scissors!
Liv & Tressa’s presentation:
This lesson will teach you about the Skeletal System! You will learn different parts of the skeletal system, names of bones, diseases of the bones, hear a short story, and be provided with an instructional video for a fun bones activity. The presentation is informative and easy to follow along, and the activity is a super fun way to learn some of the major bones in the body while having some fun!!
Materials needed: The student will need help from a parent for this activity – heat is involved. For the activity you will be making geo goop and forming it into your own skeleton to learn more about the names of your major bones. You will need: 2 cups salt, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water, scissors, tape, toothpicks or paint, and to print the sheets available on the website.
The Nervous System
Brooklyn & Kellyn’s Presentation
In this presentation, Lynden Christian seniors Kellyn and Brooklyn will be explaining to younger students how the nervous system works and will educate them on a disease of the nervous system called Alzheimer’s. The information video is set up like a news program, and in it Kellyn will be teaching the kids about the different sections of the nervous system, how messages are sent to the brain through neurons, and the parts of the brain. The book titled Grandma Lou, written by Brooklyn Nguyen, will illustrate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects people. Our learning activity is similar to a game of telephone in which the kids and their family will act like neurons sending a message from the brain to the body. By doing this activity, the students will have a better understanding of how the nervous system operates and the mechanics of Alzheimer’s disease.
Materials needed: There are no materials needed for the presentation or for the book. However, for the learning activity, the kids will need at least 3 other family members to play the game. If there are not enough people, or none at all, the students can instead use stuffed animals, dolls, or action figures in place of the people and they can use their imaginations to act out the game of telephone.
Holly & Taryn’s presentation:
This lesson is an introduction to the nervous system. You will learn the functions and structures within this system and how they interact with each other. You will also learn about a disease that affects the nervous system. This lesson is taught through a presentation, book, and activity.
Materials needed: Activity: need 5-8 large books that can stand up on their own, a type of ball big enough to knock over books, and you may need parents’ assistance.
The Integumentary System (skin)
Thao & Megan’s presentation:
We are learning about the integumentary system! First, our video will explain all about the integumentary system. What is it and why is it important? Then we will do an activity to test the sensitivity of our skin. Lastly, we read an informative book about sunburns.
Materials needed: 2 pencils (not too sharp) and tape.
Muriel & Juli’s Presentation:
We created a lesson on the Integumentary system. Parents and students can expect an educational lesson along with easy to follow instructions. This lesson is made up of a quick presentation, a book recording, and a fun activity.
Materials needed: a parent or older sibling to help, a ruler, some toothpicks (10), index card, tape, and a paper and pencil to record.
The Respiratory System
Josiah & Levi’s presentation:
We will be teaching students about the respiratory system! Parents will be able to expect two videos that their kids will be able to watch: a presentation by Josiah and Levi giving the students an overview on the respiratory system with a powerpoint that has fun visuals, and a skit performed by Josiah that shows how smoking could cause respiratory diseases like Lung Cancer. After this, the students will be able to participate in a memory game by Levi that will help them learn the different parts of the respiratory system!
Materials needed: All students need to participate in the videos is an internet connection and a computer! However for the game activity, students will need a way to print out the activity document, some scissors to cut out the pieces, and one or two extra players to play with them like siblings or parents!
Brendan & Will’s presentation:
This homework assignment is an interactive lesson on the respiratory system, a general overview, and an in depth video of each. By using source material and creativity, one can expect a proper summary of what this system has to offer. The book introduces the topic, the activity gives a visual representation, and the presentation explains everything to do with this system.
Materials Needed: The only materials needed are listed in the website, and include straws, rubber bands, and ziploc bags/balloons.
The Digestive System
Brianna & Madi’s presentation:
The system that you will be learning about is the Digestive System. There will be three parts to this learning experience. The first will be a power point showing what each organ of the digestive system looks like, where it is located, and the path of how food is digested. The second part will be a short story involving a disease that effects your digestive system. The third part is the interactive learning activity where the student will color the digestive organs and learn more about them. Overall the main point of this project is to know how food is digested and what organs are involved.
Materials needed: At least five different color pencils or pens, the document printed (which there is a URL which is connected to the google site), a printer, access to a computer or phone
Emiko & Emma’s presentation:
Welcome parents and students! We have prepared a fun and engaging learning activity for you! On our website you will find the reading of our book, a quiz, and a hands on activity. Hopefully by the end of this you will be experts on the body systems organs and the processes of digestion. Feel free to look around our website for more information, games, and activities.
Materials needed: For our hands on activity, you should ask your parents about what type of foods you’re allowed to eat! Make sure you get permission and clean up your messes! For the other part of the activity you will need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.
The Muscular System
Mason & Jackson’s presentation:
We tackled the Muscular System for our final project. This video includes a reading of an educational children’s book, fun power point presentation, and an activity simulating a PE class. We hope you enjoy!
Materials needed: You may want to print out the book to read along. The link to the book is in the Youtube bio. You will also need something to juggle with and a clear space to exercise.
The Reproductive System (Fetal Development)
Gracelyn & Anna’s Presentation:
We had the human development system and how pregnancy effects mothers and babies. We go through the three trimesters including information on how the baby grows and what changes the mother goes through and also included pictures on size. Students can learn about Preeclampsia and its effects on both the mother and baby and then end off with a fun scavenger hunt that teaches the kids on the different sizes of babies and also a short quiz on what they have learned.
Materials needed: The scavenger hunt are for very common household items or food, these items are shown in the video and are not required, but can make it fun for students to visualize how much the baby grows.