We are beginning our human body unit and have started with a discussion of how the human body is organized… from cells, tissues, organs and systems. As many of you know, we did a unit on cells where we studied the organelles and their function, how proteins are made, eukaryotic vs. prokaryotic cells, animal vs. plant cells, and we ended with a look at how some human body cells are specialized. (See more about our Study of Cells Unit here or down below in the Human Body BUNDLE.)
We started this human body unit where the other (cell) unit left off. I made the kids some notebook pages for this portion of our unit about cells, tissues, organs and systems.
We talked a little bit about stem cells and then talked about cellular diversity in the human body. There are more than 100 trillion cells in the human body and there are more than 200 different types of cells. These cells vary quite a bit in both size and shape. A cell’s shape is related to its function in the body.
Tissues are groups of cells work together to carry out specialized activities. Organs are structures that are composed of two or more types of tissues. They have specific functions and usually have recognizable shapes. I had the kids try to identify as many organs as they could. Finally, we talked about the human body systems which are made of related organs that work together with a common function.
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This set has been updated recently to include these new pages, below (we added in the integumentary (skin) and reproductive systems this time around). There a number of different worksheets that talk about the organs associated with each of the body systems. I used the sheets in the lower right to introduce the systems. The kids then took notes on which major organs were associated with each body system. Other days they did sheet a body system to organ matching page, check sheet, and the page about the skin.
If your kids are K-Gr. 4 or so, they might really like the super energetic, fun song Body Systems Rock (affliate link) and listened to the lyrics once… before turning it on (again and again) and dancing around the room. (It’s just that kind of song!!) The girls even turned it on when it was time to clean up the homeschool room. If that album is not available at your local library, you can download just the first song for 99 cents (well worth it in my opinion!).
We had two books we really used a lot for these human body 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. 🙂
By the way, I have a (just turned) 7-year old who is doing this unit too. I bought a book for her by Steck-Vaughn which is right on her level: Wonders of Science: Student Edition Human Body. (affiliate link) It is often used in schools for (middle and high school) students whose first language is not English. It is spot-on for my 1st grader. I will say that the older kids laugh because it is so “easy” (I’ve got to work on their being kind and respectful, for sure!). Anyway, I just thought I’d mention since we homeschoolers often have kids of different ages.
The Four Types of Tissue: We recently added some new pages to this packet. My middle daughter (now in 9th grade) went into a bit more detail about the four types of tissue. You’ll find those on pages 30-42 or so.
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These packets can be purchase separately or you can purchase all of them in one bundle. I included some photos of these packets below.
$22.00 Human Body BUNDLE OPTION 1: Human Body Systems, Skeletal System Packet, Digestive System, Circulatory System Unit, Muscular System Packet, Nervous System Packet, Reproductive System Worksheets (Does not include the Study of Cells Unit.)
$27.00 Human Body BUNDLE OPTION 2: Human Body Systems, A Study of Cells Unit, Skeletal System Packet, Digestive System, Circulatory System Unit, Muscular System Packet, Nervous System Packet, Reproductive System Worksheets (We often talked about cells as we started our Human Body Units… then went on to talk about human body cells, tissues, organs & systems… and then would move on to a different body system each year. Generally as homeschoolers, we covered just one or two major body systems each year before moving on to another science topic.)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! ~Liesl
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.
Here are some screen shots of these units:
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Readers have asked what I would recommend for different grades. We tend to cover one new human body system (usually in the spring semester). Assuming you had never covered any of this material I would probably recommend…
For Grades 1-4
Grade 5 could go either way, though I would have my 5th grader learn about cells and organelles before diving into the other units — if this were my oldest child I’d go with the digestive system, if they were my youngest I would go with the circulatory system.
For Grades 6-8 or so
We do our science units together. Sometimes my youngest doesn’t remember/understand all the terms, but since we circle around and cover this material again every couple of years, I know she’ll get more then next time around!
Hope that helps! 🙂
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