By contributing writer Marci
Mention studying anatomy to many people and the thoughts of dissected frogs and formaldehyde make them shiver and want to run. That’s a shame. The study of anatomy is fascinating and doesn’t have to be gross.
Thanks to new virtual anatomy resources, we can turn our computers and tablets into science labs and explore the world of anatomy and physiology without getting our hands dirty. Here are some of my favorite virtual tools for studying anatomy. Remember to pin this post to use later with your students.
My Incredible Body App. This app contains stunning 3D images taking students on a journey through the human body and its systems. It is available on iTunes and Google Play.
Virtual Frog Dissection App. This is a great alternative to actual frog dissections. This app contains 3D images, information about the frog organs, and comparisons of human and frog organs. The app works on iPads, desktops, laptops, netbooks, and interactive whiteboards.
Online Interactive Resources
Cow Eye Dissection. This site contains step by step images and video of a real cow eye being dissected.
Virtual Human Body. This online interactive is very comprehensive in its exploration of the human body and its structure. This is also available as a mobile app.
3D brain. This is a really cool interactive 3D model of the brain. It gives details about the function and structure of each part.
How the body works videos from Kids Health. This is a great set of videos for younger students. Animated characters lead kids through various parts of the body explaining the parts and how they work together.
NOVA Science How The Brain Works. This is an hour long video hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that explores recent brain research.
Have you used real or virtual dissections in your homeschool? Do you use any other virtual tools to study anatomy?
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Personal Recommendations from The Happy Housewife for Anatomy Curriculum & Resources:
Apologia: Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
Additional Anatomy Curriculum and Resources
- Human Skeleton Model – a 41 piece skeletal model that stand 9.2″ tall once assembled. Includes a stand and assembly guide.
- Little Labs: The Human Body – a 48-page, full-color illustrated guidebook, this kit teaches human biology fundamentals with step-by-step, hands-on experiments.
- First Human Body Encyclopedia (Dk First Reference Series)
- Learning Resources Skeleton Floor Puzzle
- The Magic School Bus: A Journey into the Human Body
- Melissa & Doug Magnetic Human Body Play Set