Montessori Human Body Study: The Immune System

We began our study of the human body on the outside and worked our way in — as most Montessori learning goes!  After learning all about The Outer Body, we moved on in to look at the Skeletal System, the Muscular System, the Nervous System, the Respiratory System, the Circulatory System, the Digestive System, and now the Immune System!

We began with some immune system 3-part cards by Mixing Playdough to get some of the vocabulary down, then we watched an episode of Reading Rainbow that was all about germs!

We did a simple germ experiment using flour to see what happens when you shake hands with someone who has germs on their hands!  Daddy got his hands all “germy” in some flour…

…then he shook Nora’s hand…

…and we could see that so many germs then got on Nora’s hand!  This was a great experiment to partner with Every Star Is Different’s Spreading Germs Yes & No cards, as we discussed how we could prevent germs from spreading so easily.

Lila [of course] loved learning more about boogers, which we did mainly through books.

We rely heavily on wonderful children’s books for all of our themed studies, and here are the books we used to study the immune system of the human body:

The Usborne Big Book of the Body

See Inside Your Body

The Usborne Complete Book of the Human Body

Germs Make Me Sick, by Melvin Berger

 The Germ Patrol: All About Shots for Tots… and Big Kids, Too, by Neil B. Shulman

Tissue, Please!, by Lisa Kopelke

Crust and Spray: Gross Stuff in Your Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat, by C.S. Larsen