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5 Reasons It’s Not Rocket Science® Anatomy Curriculum ROCKS!

If you are here, I am guessing you either already teach Anatomy & Physiology or just found out you will be teaching it next school year, and are looking for some help with an anatomy curriculum. First let me say, HOORAY! This is truly one of my favorite courses, and I am so excited you get to teach this class!!!

Next, let me say this – there are so many amazing resources out there for teaching Anatomy & Physiology. I will be the first to admit that! But I want to share with you 5 reasons that I believe my anatomy curriculum ROCKS so you can best discern if it is the right fit for you and your students!

1. This anatomy curriculum literally includes EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY NEED to teach this course.

Unit plans? ✅
Lecture notes? ✅
Cornell note outlines? ✅
Labs? ✅
Activities? ✅
Research projects? ✅
Dissections? ✅
Quizzes? ✅
Tests? ✅
Answer keys? ✅

YES, x10. ALL of this is included for every unit. Not only that, but I include detailed implementation notes and set-up instructions for every single day. I found when I first started teaching that I could find great labs and projects for free on Google, but then I had no idea how to actually implement them with my students. This is one of the reasons I include such detailed teacher notes (and because I wrote every unit for my long-term subs who were NOT science teachers, so I needed it to be useful for them!)

Not only that, but I provide my lesson plans for each unit for 50-minute pacing and 90-minute block scheduling. I have had the unique experience of teaching in both of these schedule types, which is why I am able to provide the unit plans both ways. So no matter what your schedule is, you will have day-to-day plans ready-made. You can download my pacing guide and scope and sequence for the entire course for free here!

This anatomy curriculum is truly everything you need. You will be able to check lesson planning for Anatomy & Physiology completely off of your list for the year – and not just this year, but every year after this!! Can you imagine what it would feel like to NEVER have to worry about what you were doing the next day again? This IS possible!

2. It was written specifically for teachers with a budget in mind.

At my last teaching job, I had a classroom with no lab space, 0 lab equipment, and a non-existent budget. I created every resource for this setting and considered those of you who, like me, were buying all of your materials out of pocket.

Because of this, my curriculum is INCREDIBLY useful for those of you without a lot of resources. It doesn’t require a lot of fancy supplies, and when something that is maybe more expensive is required, I provide an alternative (Ex. My curriculum includes a fetal pig, mammal heart, and sheep brain dissections, but I link virtual options of all three in case you don’t have the supplies to do them!)

So if you are overwhelmed by all you will have to buy to teach this course, don’t panic!! If you can, get some basic art supplies, play dough, and chalk markers. From there the additional supplies will be very minimal. Click here to download the FULL list of supplies I use and reference (but remember – you don’t HAVE to have them all! This is just the dream list!)

3. It is loaded with real-world examples, practical applications, and engaging, relevant experiences.

I cannot even begin to express the amount of intentionality that went into every aspect of this anatomy curriculum. I interviewed medical professionals, read countless books, and watched so many video clips to cultivate as many real-world examples as I could. I included practical applications whenever possible, such as teaching students the basics of CPR, how to make a tourniquet, and taking blood pressure in the Transport Unit.

Additionally, my sister is a vascular surgeon, and I brought her in to help film the behind-the-scenes videos of every dissection that is included. These are linked in the teacher notes so that you can watch them to practice and prep for doing dissections with your students. They will walk you through the entire process, and she provides tons of additional facts that you can share with your students from her career as a surgeon.

My favorite part of all though is probably all of the ways that students get to learn about diseases and disorders throughout each unit. My students always engage so much with these topics, so I included them as a central part of every unit. Your students will NOT be bored by this content!

4. This curriculum is student-centered rather than teacher-centered.

My memories of high school anatomy involve (1) a lotttt of notes and listening to my teacher talk about the body, and (2) a lot of labeling diagrams from textbooks. These are two things I majorly wanted to avoid when writing this anatomy curriculum because these weren’t fond memories.

In order to do this, I created Big Body Diagrams and Discovery Stations. The Big Body Diagrams are large (2 pieces of typing paper) diagrams of each body system that students print, assemble, and put into their binders. They fold out to provide plenty of space for students to label key structures that they learn about in class. One of my favorite ways to teach the structures is through Discovery Stations. Each set consists of 6-10 stations exploring different structures within the system. They are colorful, engaging, and packed with relevant information.

These allow students to get out of their seats, move around the classroom, and learn the information for themselves rather than having the teacher just spew out all of the information. At each station, they read the Discovery Station card, label any structures on their Big Body Diagram, and answer application questions. These diagrams are an incredibly effective and fun way to decrease lecture and increase student autonomy.

Now, I do still have some lectures, and all of those are included. But I also have all of my lecture videos recorded and posted on YouTube. This makes it possible to do a flipped classroom style if you want to create more space for hands-on experiences in class. If a flipped classroom isn’t your thing, these videos are still helpful for (1) familiarizing YOURSELF with the content if it has been a while since you taught or took anatomy yourself, and (2) are useful for sharing with absent students!

Additionally, I wrote this curriculum with upperclassmen students in mind, and thus there are loads of independent research activities and group projects to build research skills, collaboration, and communication skills – both orally, visually, and written. These types of instructional resources will strengthen skills that will serve them well for years outside of their time in your classroom.

Last but not least, you may have noticed in my free pacing guide that I structure things somewhat uniquely in my anatomy curriculum.

5. The body systems are taught in groups rather than as isolated systems, allowing students to really see how the parts work together to make up the whole body.

I can’t tell you enough how much of a difference this has made!

When I wrote this anatomy curriculum, I really wanted to focus on the BIG PICTURE. I decided I wanted to emphasize themes more so than going into all of the detail of every structure and memorizing every name and tissue type in every organ. Here’s my thought process behind this:

My #1 goal is to fascinate my students with how epic the human body is, not prep them for nursing or medical school.

Will some of them go on to be medical professionals? Absolutely! And if they do, they will take plenty of anatomy courses in college where they can memorize all the structures and vocabulary.

I care more about getting them to fall in love with this amazing subject. Thus, the focus on the big picture over the small details. I wanted them to see how all of the systems really work together in the most amazing of ways to create the human body. Because of this, I group the systems by major over-arching function:

*Don’t worry, I have an entire introductory unit too AND a reproduction unit (my personal favorite!)

I have found doing this way helps students SO MUCH MORE to see the big picture – and practically speaking, you aren’t having to test them every other week on a new body system.

Have I convinced you yet how epic this anatomy curriculum is???

If not, let me make sure I don’t let you leave this post without knowing one of my favorite features:

All It’s Not Rocket Science®️ curriculum users get all updates for life, for FREE.

Yup, you read that right.

This is not a subscription service. It isn’t a membership. It is a ONE TIME fee and then you own the resources for LIFE – AND you get all of the updates!

Not sure if this is right for you or not? I get it. This is a HUGE investment. If you are still struggling with the decision, here is what I recommend:

  1. Watch this video tour to have a better idea of what is included and how it is organized.
  2. Reach out to me here with any specific questions you still have.
  3. Purchase just ONE unit to try out. This allows you to make sure my style fits with yours before making such a large investment in the full anatomy curriculum bundle.

Then if you don’t like it, you are only out $45-50.  If you do like it and go on to purchase the full-year bundle, you can be refunded for the initial unit that you tested out.

For resource shop buyers, contact me in advance and I can make you a unique coupon code.

For TpT buyers, you purchase the bundle first and THEN submit your Order ID numbers for the bundle and the unit you tested out to TpT via their Contact Us page and they will refund you for the first unit you tested out, so you aren’t having to pay for it twice.  It is one of the few things that does fall under their refund policy because they can mark it as a “duplicate purchase” in the system – as long as it is within one calendar year of the original unit purchased.

I hope reading this helps you discern whether or not It’s Not Rocket Science®️ is right for YOU!

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