We had so much fun with our Digestive System Unit. We did hands on activities to see how the digestive tract works (how nutrients pass through), made “fake”vomit, measured out the length of the digestive system and more! We broke our unit into three parts:
- Part I: Digestive System — Mouth
- Part II: Digestive System — Swallowing, How the epiglottis works
- Part III: Digestive System — The Digestive Tract
I made a Digestive System packet which also includes lapbook pieces to create your own digestive system lapbook or interactive notebook. Also included are the hands-on activities our kids did during this unit.
The Digestive System Unit Packet includes lapbook/notebook pieces: Also included are worksheets and our hand-on activities of the mouth
You will also find worksheets and activity ideas about swallowing, the epiglottis and choking in this packet:
I shared all of our hands on activities in our study of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines… everything from recreating the muscle movement along the esophagus to making fake vomit and measuring out the length of our digestive tract. Here are the worksheets I made for my kids to go along with all of those activities. I actually did a lot of those hands-on activities before we worked on these sheets… I just slipped information in as we did activities so that when we went over the sheets, most of the information was already familiar to them. A good overall review sheet for the kids was the first page. They checked off the digestive system part (such as the esophagus) and colored that same part in on their page.
The next day, we measured out the digestive tract. As they cut a piece of yarn, they colored that portion the same color on their sheet. Check out the next post: How Long is the Digestive Tract?
The next couple of days, we went over more detailed information about the digestive system. We’ll obviously have to come back to this in a few years when we rotate back to this material again. As you can see, there wasn’t a whole lot of writing so my daughter (7) was just fine with them.
If you are interested, our Digestive System Packet is $4.00.
Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window). You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use) to your PayPal email address, which will have a link you can click on to download the Digestive System Packet. (It will say, “You can download your digital products…” with a clickable link.) Of course, if you have any issues just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com or reply to the SendOwl email that is sent to you. You can also reach me by using the contact form on the blog or can reach me over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.
We had two books we really 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.
You might also be interested in our Human Body Worksheets: Cells, Tissues, Organs, and the Human Body Systems. We actually did an overview of all the body systems before we went into detail about the digestive system. Find out more here:
Circulatory System Packet 40+ pages
Some of the topics covered in this packet include an overview of the circulatory system, the heart, blood vessels (arteries, veins, capillaries), blood flow through the heart, blood transport through the body, blood composition (red and white blood cells, platelets), blood types, cholesterol, and diseases of the circulatory system. Plus, we did a number of hands-on activities and the instructions (with photos) are included in this packet.
Related Posts and Science Units That Might Be of Interest:
- Creating a Homeschool Science Curriculum (Elementary): Science topics to cover, choosing and preparing for units and more.
Check out our other science units and freebies:
- Rocks and Minerals: Free 25 page packet on the 3-types of rocks, lots of hands on activities
- Simple Machines: Lots of hands on activities, plus a packet
- Earth Science Activities
- Weather Unit
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