Anatomy Shirts

Two of my sophomores proudly displaying their shirts at the end of the year... Not the best examples (notice one of them drew his diagram EXACTLY... wit a spine on he front!), but you get the idea!

Two of my sophomores proudly displaying their shirts at the end of the year… Not the best examples (notice one of them drew his diagram EXACTLY… with a spine on the front!), but you get the idea!

This is a project that I have been using in my Biology 2 classes for the past two years. Each student starts with a white long sleeve t-shirt. Then as we go through the different systems of the body, they draw them on their shirt. We include the bones, heart, major arteries & veins, and the digestive organs.

Students can either bring in their own shirt or buy them from me (I put in a group order from our school’s business class). You can use fabric markers or any permanent markers (I have asked students to bring in fabric markers for extra credit once). Make sure you put newspaper inside the shirts when they are drawing or the markers will bleed through to the other side.

Some students love this project, others not so much. But for the more artistically gifted students, they really do a great job! I also let them wear their shirts on test days for extra credit. This does two things- they have to remember when the test is (which you would think they would do anyway, but let’s be real….) and they walk around school with the shirts on. When I get a new class in the fall, they always ask “when will we draw our shirts?” So right from the start, they’re interested!

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