Once a year, we usually learn about one of the human body systems. One year, we studied the digestive system. We also went into great detail one year about the Skeletal System. And recently, we learned about the circulatory system. We usually start off with an overview of the human body systems.
We often start with a fun album called the Body Systems Rock (affiliate link). The kids *love* it!! We borrowed it from the library, but it’s available at Amazon. The first song goes over the body systems in a fun, general way and we used that as a spring-board for talking about all the systems.
One year, I made this matching page of the body systems and we did this page one morning to add to their science notebooks.
We had two books we used a lot for these units: Human Anatomy Coloring Book (affiliate link) has pages you can print out and color in.
And the The Body Book: Easy-to-Make Hands-on Models That Teach (affiliate link) has really neat models that you can make. We did the joints, bones of the body (see our model here), and some other things, but more about those in those other posts. 🙂
If you have kids that are 6-8 years old, you might also want to check out April Chloe Terrazas’s book, Anatomy and Physiology, Part 2 Body Systems. At the moment it has all 5 star ratings over at Amazon! [We loved her book about Cellular Biology as well (that was how the kids learned the function of the organelles!) You can see more about our Cells Unit here.]
When the kids were 7, 9 and 11, we did another unit on Human Body Systems again. We had just done unit on the Study of Cells (see more at this post). It seemed only logical to learn more about the cells of the human body. I made the kids some new notebook pages for this portion of our unit about cells, tissues, organs and the body systems.
The kids spent quite a bit of time on how the human body is organized… from cells to tissues, then organs and finally the human body systems. I go in a lot more detail about these new human body worksheets here: Organization of the Human Body: Cells, Tissues, Organs, Systems . It has worksheets on cells, organs, tissues (4 main types) and body systems. If you are interested in those notebooks pages, they are $2.50 (visit the other post for more detailed information or you can purchase these with the link below).
25+ Page Human Body System Worksheet Packet:
We added a few new worksheets to the human body systems packet recently. This time, we focused more on the organs in each body system and their organs. Plus, we also added a page on the integumentary/skin system which is the body’s largest organ. These are included in this packet as well:
Remember to check your PayPal email address for the download link.
When you click on the link above, it will take you to paypal. Upon receipt of payment you will immediately get a link to download this pdf. You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use) to your PayPal email address that will provide you with a link to download the pdf. If you have any trouble with your order, be sure to contact me (via the form at the top). Remember, you do not have to have a Paypal account to make a payment. Just click on the line that says, “Pay with a debit or credit card or PayPal credit.” That gives you the option of paying with a credit card even if you don’t have an actual Paypal account.
If you have any trouble with your order, please contact me (Liesl) via our contact page, by replying to the email you receive from Sendowl, or by leaving a message over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.
After going over the human body systems, we went on to study the digestive system. Don’t miss our Digestive System Packet with more than a half-dozen hands-on activity ideas, worksheets, lapbook pieces and more. We had a blast with this unit!!
You also won’t want to miss our Circulatory System Unit!
So back to our overview of the Human Body Systems: I mentioned above that the kids really love the catchy song — “Body System Rocks.” They wrote down some of the lyrics to the song and some of the key organs connected with each body system in the chart below.
immune system — defends our body skeletal system — all your bones excretory system — cleans our body of poisons muscular system — all your muscles endocrine system is in control of the thyroid glands digestive system — mouth and stomach respiratory system — delivers your oxygen nervous system — is your control center circulatory system — is your life pump that keeps your blood flowing
This worksheet is part of the Human Body Systems Worksheet Sets ($3.50)
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.
Some of our other Human Body Packets:
These are some of the packets that are included in our Human Body Bundle. These packets can be purchase separately or you can purchase all of them in one bundle. I included some photos of these packets below.
$18.00 BUNDLE OPTION HUMAN BODY: Human Body Systems, A Study of Cells Unit, Skeletal System Worksheet Packet, Digestive System, Circulatory System Unit (Plus, it includes the rough draft version of our muscular system packet which is not yet available publicly.)
Each year usually in the spring semester, we focus on the human body.
We often spend a little bit of time reviewing what we learned the previous year and then add to what we learned.
If you have younger kids, you might want to just jump right in with the Skeletal System Unit and/or the Digestive System Unit.
Once my kids were a little older (with my youngest in 2nd grade and my older two in upper elementary) – we started covering and reviewing Cells (the organelles and their function) each year. I want them to feel comfortable with the names and have a general idea of the “jobs” each of these organelles have. By reviewing it each spring, they’ve gradually come to understand how these work together a little better each year. That will be helpful once they get to high school level biology.
If you have a student who is 8+ you might want to do the units in this order:
Note: Since our family studies one major system each year, sometimes we skim over some of this so we can dive in depth into that particular body system.
- Cell Unit
- Photosynthesis (and you can do a little tangent about atoms and building molecules)
- Human Body Systems (Depending on the age of your kids, you might want to just introduce them to the major human body systems and then move straight on to one of the units below… or you can spend a little time talking about how cells/tissues/organs/body systems work as a whole. The packet you are getting includes ALL the materials, but I’ve added to this over the course of several years, so don’t feel like you need to cover all of this at once!
- Skeletal System – We almost always review the major bones of the body each year. Some years, we go into more depth about things like the structure of bones or the axial system. Other times, we review the major bones and move on!
- Digestive System – This was a fun, hands-on unit. I would suggest you do this one before the Circulatory System unit.
- Circulatory System – In this unit my kids were in elementary and middle school so we did some data collecting, graphing and other activities. If you have younger kids, you can just focus on the blood system (how blood leaves the heart and enters the lungs to pick up oxygen, then returns to the heart where it is sent off to the extremities).
- Muscular System – We will be covering this next year (2018, fingers crossed!). This is a VERY ROUGH DRAFT of this packet… and I even hesitated including it in the bundle, but in the end thought it might come in handy if you cover this material before we do! When we get to this unit and when the file is updated you will get an email from SendOwl (the delivery service I use) letting you know!
Here are some screen shots of these units:
You can visit Our Store to find out more about our other packets!
See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter. You might also want to check out some of our resources pages above (such as our Science, Language Arts, or History Units Resource Pages) which have links to dozens of posts. You might want to join our free Homeschool Den Chat Facebook group. Happy Homeschooling, everyone!! ~Liesl
Check out our other science units:
- Rocks and Minerals: Free 25 page packet, free pages on the 3-types of rocks, lots of hands on activities
- Simple Machines: Lots of hands on activities, plus a packet
- Human Body: Skeletal System
- Meet Vertebrae Man: Our Hands on Study of the Backbone and Nervous System
- Digestive System: It All Starts in the Mouth: Another free download pack about the mouth/teeth — and various hands-on activities.
- Choking, An Important Lesson for the Kids – A lesson about swallowing, the epiglottis and performing abdominal thrusts. Make your own (moveable) epiglottis with the printout to show how food is prevented from entering the windpipe:
- Digestive System: Hands-on Activities — Esophagus, Stomach and Small Intestines — 4 or 5 activities we did to see how the muscles of the throat worked, how nutrients pass through the small intestines… we even made fake vomit (uck!)
- Hands-On Activity: How Long is the Digestive Tract? The kids loved this… it went half-way up our driveway!
- Digestive System Packet — includes the printable for “how long is the digestive tract” and the functions of the digestive system parts and organs.
- Germ Lapbook
- Germ Experiment: Where do Germs Grow in Your House?
- Creating a Homeschool Science Curriculum (Elementary): Science topics to cover, choosing and preparing for units and more.