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Lesson Plans

Interdisciplinary Science/Art Ideas (Anatomy)

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Wed, 26 Nov 1997 13:04:43 -1000

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The sixth graders at my school just finished a big science unit on the
body. They made models of the different systems (reproductive, digestive,
etc.) by relief carving out flat pieces of styrofoam (available at craft
stores or you can sometimes find packing materials from electronic
equipment to use). They filled these recessed areas with various colors of
modeling clay to show organs, blood lines and other types of tissue. The
results looked the the standard medical drawings but they were more 3-D and
utilized more sclupting skills rather than just drawing. You could do the
same idea with cells or other magnified parts of the body. If modeling
clay (like Fimo or Sculpy) is too expensive, try colored paper pulp which
you can make out of recyled, soaked paper in a blender.

Deb Rosenbaum

The Surgeon's Motto: "Never say 'oops!', always say 'there!'

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