Create a stand-up art project and report about the body's organs.
Learn about the major organs of the human body with this clever Stand-Up Organ-izer. Rotate the reference card to learn about different organs and how they function in the human body. This reference card will stand nicely on a student's desk and can easily collapse to fit in a binder or folder. Consider grouping organs according to organ systems (e.g., circulatory system, respiratory system, excretory system and digestive system). Create this reference card as a project at the end of a unit on organs or organ systems and use it to prepare for exams. Challenge students to investigate other organisms and their structures. Find similarities and differences.
Students will create a quick reference card explaining the various organs in the body.
Note: This project was created using SureCut Dies. Any Ellison Die can be used to create stand-up cards. Modify as needed.
Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Double-Sided Tape, Glue, Paper, Scissors, Tape, Thread
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Fold a 11" x 17" sheet of blue paper in half widthwise to 8 1/2" x 11". Fold in half the same direction again and in half a third time, creating eight equal 11" x 2 1/8" areas. The folds will eventually be glued together to make a four-pointed stand-up card. (Project also works with a 9" x 12" piece of construction paper, but a SMALL size Ellison Die would need to be used for the center cut.)
- Open the folded paper and lightly number the folded areas 1 through 8 (Figure A).
- Refold the paper twice and die-cut the LG Paper Pal 3/4" down from the top of the folded paper and centered from side to side. This will make a negative shape of a person in the center of each glued-together fold (Figure B).
- Fold on the middle fold. Glue the areas numbered 4 and 5 together, leaving three unglued areas on each side.
- Glue the numbers 2 and 3 together and numbers 6 and 7 together. One side will need to be refolded so that all points go outward. The last two areas (numbers 1 and 8) are left unglued (Figure C).
- Die-cut two red Tiny Hearts. Cut a 3" piece of white thread and sandwich between the Hearts, using glue, double-sided tape or other adhesive.
- Dangle the Heart from the top of the card in the middle of the Paper Pal negative shape, using tape to secure to the inside of one of the unglued flaps (Figure D).
- Glue the last two flaps together, securing the stand-up card (Figure E).
- Die-cut the organ Set using multiple colors of paper.
- Computer or hand print information on each of the Organs on a 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece of light blue paper. The stomach and liver will be on one piece; the brain, heart and kidneys will be on another piece; and the lungs and intestines will each be on a separate piece of paper (Figure F).
- Adhere each die-cut Organ to the appropriate description, and the stand-up card will be complete (see Main Photo).
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
- Figure E
- Figure F
Science: Life Science
- As a result of activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of the characteristics of organisms.
- As a result of activities in Grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of the structure and function in living systems.