By Crysti Hanfield,
4th Grade Teacher
Do you know what comes together to form tissue? Do you know which system of your body is in charge of feeding your cells? Well, the fourth grade class at Madison Academy can answer these questions and more! They studied the human body for quite some time this spring. They learned that every part of your body is made up of cells joined together to make tissues. They also know that those very same tissues join together and make organs, and when those organs work together they create an organ system. The students also took time to learn about the function of each system. When all of those systems join together, humans have what everyone knows very personally as the human body. It was neat for the students to realize that most of the work that happens inside of the body is automatic, meaning that they do not even have to think about it for it to work properly.
As the students learned about each system, they colored and cut paper representations of organs. Once each organ was ready, the students placed all the pieces together on a paper cutout shaped like the human body. Many of the pieces move so the students can lift or turn the organ and see another organ underneath. Students even drew faces and made hair for their cutouts.
Making these examples of the human body is a tradition for the fourth graders at Madison Academy. Each year when the project begins, the students know that summer is near, and they are soon to become fifth graders. It is a tradition that is truly enjoyed by both teachers and students.