unique book combines a detailed anatomy lesson with a Shakespearian sonnet.
Although these two topics are not ordinarily paired, Random Body Parts provides humorous riddles for students to
discover interesting details about how their bodies function. This book is
perfect for reading out loud with a health or science class, and having the
students laugh along as they try to decipher which body part each riddle references.
Try this activity with your class as you read Random Body Parts aloud.
- Divide your class into groups of five.
- Cut out shapes or print pictures of the
following body parts. Make sure each group of five has one copy of each paper
body part. Body parts: ear, eye, bone, spleen, kidney, nose, pancreas, liver,
eyelid, brain, lung, heart, tongue, teeth, stomach, skin, blood, red blood
cells, white blood cells, and muscles. Be sure to label each body part.
- As you read the story aloud, have the group quietly
decide which body part the poem references before you get to the end of the
- The first group to hold up the correct body part
gets 3 points. Each group that holds up the correct body part thereafter
receives one point.
- Keep score on a white board or chalk board.
- After the story is completed, the team with the
most points wins!
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