Category: Science: Human Body Unit

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Homeschool Science: Year in Review and What’s Coming Up

When I think about all we’ve done this past year in 2015 in science, I’m really pretty amazed! It’s been a fun, full year!  This post has links to dozens of our science experiments, printables and hands-on activities. You’ll find direct links to the posts in the table below. We managed to squeeze in various engineering (STEM) type activities here and there. In January of 2015 we were in the...

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Skeletal System Worksheet Packet & 6 Hands-On Activities About Bones

30+ Page Skeletal System Packet! This 30+ page packet covers the following topics: Identify the bones of the body Basic functions of the skeletal system (support, protection, assistance in movement, the storage and release of minerals, blood cell reproduction), How bones grow and repair themselves, bone remodeling, bone marrow, and the spine Bones and Cartilage Activity How the skeletal system is divided (axial and appendicular skeleton) Types of Joints Bone disorders We have spent the...

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Human Body Worksheets: Cells, Tissues, Organs, and the Human Body Systems

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...

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Human Body Activities – Digestive System

We had an amazing time studying the Digestive System.  We did a whole range of hands-on activities from making our own epiglottis  to seeing how the digestive tract works (how nutrients pass through). We made “fake”vomit, measured out the length of the digestive system and more! I also made notebook for the kids as we went through this unit. Our Digestive System Packet is 40+pages has worksheets and activities on...

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Human Body System – Heart and Circulatory System Activities

I created a hands-on activity for the kids for learning about the circulatory system and the exchange of oxygen. Below you’ll find out more about our circulatory system activities: Our study of the heart and circulatory system started with a listen to our own heartbeats. We measured our heart rates when resting and after walking, running and skipping. Then using a graph put out by Texas heart institute (4th grade curriculum,...

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Free CDC Lesson Plans Grades 4-8 — Science Ambassador Program

Over the summer, I stumbled across the Center for Disease Control’s Science Ambassador Program. What a great find!  It has a series of lessons (maybe mini-unit would be a better term for them) on all kinds of various topics with challenging activities for students to learn about. Topics include — autism, birth defect, Hantavirus, HIV/Aids… and many more. What I like about their lessons is that they require the students...

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Digestive System Worksheets – 40+page Packet

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...

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Hands On Activity: How Long is the Digestive Tract?

Digestive Tract: So just how long is our digestive tract? We set out to find out with this activity. We measured out different colors of yarns for each part of the digestive system. The page you see (above right) is in the Digestive System Pack (See details below.) I made for the kids. After we had all the bits measured and tied together, we went out to the driveway to see just how...

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Digestive System: Hands-On Activities – Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestines

We did a lot of hands-on activities over the course of two or three weeks. I’m going to put them all into one post. Esophagus Activities: Does food fall down to the stomach? We proved that muscles helped move the food bolus down to the tummy with this quick upside-down activity.  Everyone took turns standing on their hands, chewing up a cracker and swallowing. We also did this lying on our...

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Choking! An Important Lesson for the Kids…

No, no one choked at our house recently, but we did go into a lot of detail about swallowing and choking a few days ago. I wanted to find a way for the kids to really understand how choking happens — and then to know what to do about it.  Now, don’t take this as expert advice… if you really want to know details about doing abdominal thrusts (Heimlich Maneuver)...

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Digestive System — It All Starts in the Mouth!

To start off our unit on the digestive system, I had the kids look at a diagram and write down all the parts of the digestive system. That was the first section of the pack I made (more about that below). Then we took a closer look at the mouth. We did these activities over the course of several days: I asked the kids what the mouth’s role is in...

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Human Body: Skeletal System

After we did an overview of all of the different body systems, we spent a couple of days reviewing the skeletal system.  The skeleton provides support, structure and protection for the body and its organs… and because it had been nearly a year since we went over the names of the bones it was time for a review. The kids put together our skeleton puzzle and then identified all the...

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Human Body Systems — Worksheets

Once a year, we usually learn about one of the human body systems. One year, for example, we learned about the circulatory system. Another year,  we studied the digestive system. We also went into great detail one year about the Skeletal 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!! ...

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Meet Vertebrae-Man — Our Hands-on Explorations of the Backbone and Nervous System!

Continuing on with our vertebrate-invertebrate unit… One day last week we learned a bit about the backbone and nervous system. We talked about the importance and function of the vertebrae and did some activities to explore how/why the vertebrae work. The kids liked this almost as much as they liked Harold (when we did the circulatory system)!  Here’s a picture of vertebrae man–then I’ll explain what we did… I made...