Anatomy Unit Study Materials
Lesson Plans, Worksheets, Videos, Games, Books, & More!
We are learning about the fascinating human body that God created in our school! We use some traditional textbooks, but we also like to watch videos, make combination lapbook / notebooks, reading "living books", do hands-on activities, and play games! When I searched around the web looking for materials to use to enhance our studies, I sure found some cool things which make learning unforgettable! I wish I had these study aids when I was first studying biology and health! I'll add more as I find them - please share below any cool sites that you know kids will enjoy!
** All Human Body Graphics special thanks to Phillip Martin!**
The Human Body
~ *The Human Body Index: Find a huge reference index of materials for learning about the human body from KidPort. They have very thorough sections for each of the following systems - Cardiovascular, Digestive, Muscular, Nervous, Skeletal - which I will include a link for in distinct areas of this page, but this is their main link.
~ *How the Body Works Main Page at Kids Health: Kids may click on the part of the body they want to study, "watch movies, take quizzes, read articles, solve word finds, and do activities" all about the parts of the body. The site contains parents, kids, and teens sections. The kid's section includes: Feelings, Staying Healthy, Illnesses & Injuries, How the Body Works, Growing Body & Mind, Kids Talk, Cooking & Recipes, People, Places & Things That Help, Staying Safe, Movies & Games, Health Problems, and a Kids' Dictionary of Medical Words. The teen section includes: Your Body, Your Mind, Sexual Health, Food & Fitness, Recipes, Drugs & Alcohol, Expert Answers, Diseases & Conditions, Infections, School & Jobs, and Staying Safe.
~ The Body & Medicines from The Children's University of Manchester: "This module has lots of fun facts, games and quizzes to help you learn too. Topics include the body, medicines, drugs and how doctors and pharmacists diagnose and treat illnesses." - Introduction to The Body and Medicine, The Skeleton, Digestive System, Diagnosing Illness, Types of Illness, Treating Illness, and Good and Bad Drugs.
~ The Virtual Body by MEDtropolis is really cool! Study the Human Brain (The Brain Book, The Brain Parts, Narrated Neurons), Skeleton (Bones Narrated, Zoom In, Build a Skeleton), Human Heart (Heart Parts, Animated Heart, Narrated Tour), Digestive Tract (Guided Tour, Zoom In, Organize Your Organs)!
~ Bones, Muscles, & Skin: This unit by Prentice Hall includes lesson plans, vocabulary lists, activity suggestions, videos, teacher resources, and other related links (although some of the links did not work.)
~ Health & Human Body Research Links from Science Spot.
~ Kid's Info Guide: Health from IMCPL Kids has many resources for children about the human body and health.
~ Bones, Muscles, & Skin by Glencoe Science - an enrichment and reinforcement activity for each.
~ *Human Anatomy Information & Printouts from Enchanted Learning: Enchanted Learning has been one of my very most favorite educational websites for over a decade because of it's incredible information written for children, printable worksheets, mini-books, crafts, and wide assortment of activities related info with several curricula areas. Some of their materials are only available with membership, but many are totally free! Find tons of resources to use for elementary grades!
~ *Body Theme Page for grades K - 3: Body words in several languages, nursery rhymes involving the body, skeleton crafts, printable worksheets and activities, diagrams, body word anagrams and language worksheets, and vocabulary sheets.
~ Human Body Worksheets from ABC Teach: Banner: Just Say No to Drugs (b/w), Coloring Page: Heart Cross-Section, Coloring Page: Human Heart, Comprehension: Cavities (upper elementary/middle), Comprehension: The Eyes Have It (elem/ upper elem), Skeletal System Crossword, Diagram: Tooth (labeled and unlabeled), Flashcards: Blank (tooth theme), body Parts Flashcards, Food Journal, KWL: Teeth, Nomenclature Cards: Human Anatomy Arm (red-highlighted) (primary/elem), Teeth Report Form, Science: Nutrients, Tooth Shapebook, Song: When I Get Up (preschool/primary), Unit: USDA Food Guide (upper elem/middle), Unscramble the Words: Teeth, Food Web Organizer, Teeth Web Organizer, Muscle System Word Search, Teeth Word Search, Teeth Writing Paper, Teeth Writing Prompt, Writing Prompt: Tooth Similes (elem/upper elem).
~ Life Cycle: 22 page packet labeled for 4th grade contains info for plants and animals. As a Creationist, I had an issue with a couple pages, but overall, the pages look helpful.
~ Human Body Quest: 12 page PDF from Science Spot to research the body.
~ Systems of the Human Body Videos: A collection of fun educational videos for many systems. (Separate system links are on each section of this page for easier navigation.): Circulatory System, Digestive System, Ears and Hearing, Excretory System, Eyes and Sight, Muscular System, Nervous System, Respiratory System, Skeletal System, Skin, and Smell.
Human Body Lapbook
We all have one! We use it every moment of every day-- your incredible human body! What a personal and relevant topic of study for any child! For the younge...
Games about the Human Body!
~ Anatomy Arcade: "Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games, interactives and videos. Anatomy Arcade is perfect for the novice teenager in the classroom, right through to students and professionals of health care looking for a fun way to revise." ~ Teens+
~ Human Body Games from Gamequarium: Tons of links to anatomy games over the internet for all ages!
~ The Amazing Human Body from Harcourt contains five fun games: Brain Drain, Digestion, Skeleton Shakedown, Nothing But the Tooth, and Sense-sational!
~ The Human Body Quiz Game from Prongo
~ Body Bits by KScience Animations
~ Human Body Interactive Assessment: Scroll to the bottom of this page to find images, "maps", activities, crossword puzzles, and online quizzes for the digestive, respiratory, skeletal, circulatory, and nervous systems. Many other curricula area topics are found on the page, also.
~ All Systems Go! An interactive game about the human body systems.
~ The Case of the Physical Fitness Challenge: 33 page PDF from NASA labeled for grades 3-5 but adaptable for K-8. Very full of "teacher language", but many of the activities look fun for hands-on learning.
The Five Senses
~ The Brain & Senses from The Children's University of Manschester: The Brain & Senses Introduction, The Brain, How the Eye Works, How the Ear Works, Smell and Taste, The Sensitivity of Your Skin, and Making Connections.
~ Senses: a game labeled for young children (K).
~ Sense-sational! from Harcourt: Making Sense, Inside Story, and Sensational Sue.
Info & Worksheets
~ Senses Theme Page: printable worksheets, mini books, word wheels, activities
~ Eye Anatomy info and printable charts from Enchanted Learning.
~ Videos on Sight from Gamequarium: Bill Nye on the Eye, Bill Nye on Illusions, Bill Nye on Tears, and How Light Enters the Eye.
~ Videos about Hearing from Gamequarium: Bill Nye on Sound, and The Magic School Bus at the Haunted House.
~ Parts of the Ear: Interactive lesson from Harcourt Publishers.
~ Ear Anatomy info and diagram to label from Enchanted Learning.
~ Inside the Ear: Click around the parts to read about them.
~ The Ear: Drag the name to the part of the ear.
~ Alexander Graham Bell: Multimedia Biography!
Eewww, that's gross! - Aaww, that's cute! Both responses may be expressed by young people when reading this kid appealing yet informative book about the human body published by Kingfisher books. Cartoon style graphics attract elementary learners into becoming interested in this fascinating science topic without being too grossed out by real photos.
Circulatory System ~ Blood
~ The Electric Heart from NOVA: Cool site for older students! Find information and games on the following:
*Map of the Human Heart - "Put your finger on the pulse of how the human heart works with an automatically changing color graphic of a heart in cross-section.";
*Amazing Heart Facts - "Did you know that, on any given day, your heart beats roughly 100,000 times and your blood travels about 12,000 miles as it circulates throughout your body? Find more dazzling details here."
*The Artificial Human - "Merely a good idea for a TV show a quarter century ago, the $6 Million Man - or woman - could practically exist today, with everything from hips of steel to laboratory-grown skin regularly replacing what nature originally provided. Meet our fake friend."
*Pioneering Surgeon: O. H. Frazier - "O. H. Frazier has done more heart transplants than anyone else alive, well over 700. He also stands at the forefront of researchers striving to create a viable total artificial heart. Here he talks about his work, his thoughts, and his hopes."
*Operation: Heart Transplant - "Don your surgical mask and try your hand as a heart-transplant surgeon-metaphorically speaking-in this simplified online procedure."
~ Circulation Unit by Prentice Hall.
~ Circulatory System Videos from Gamequarium: Bill Nye on Blood & Circulation, The Magic School Bus Works Out, The Circulatory System, and Do the Circulation from Schoolhouse Rock.
~ The Circulatory System from Harcourt is an interactive lesson labeled for elementary.
~ The Heart Mystery Movie from BrainPop
~ Circulatory System Games at Anatomy Arcade (teens): Circulatory System Crossword, Circulatory System Word Search, The Heart Crossword, The Heart Word Search, The Heart Jigsaw, Thorax Jigsaw, Circulatory System - Studio4Learning Videos, and Circulatory System - Integrative Biology Videos.
~ The Circulatory System: Online Multiple Choice Quiz
Worksheets & Puzzles
Cardiovascular ~ Heart
Human Lymphatic System materials from Mr. Donn.
Still searching ... any suggestions? :)
~ Digestive System Index from KidPort.
~ The Digestive System: click on the parts to read a description of the part.
~ Digestive System Videos from Gamequarium: Bill Nye on Digestion, The Magic School Bus for Lunch, The Digestive System.
~ Human Digestive System: Information, glossary, and printouts for labeling from Enchanted Learning.
~ Digestive System Games from Quia: Flashcards, Matching, Concentration, and Word Search.
~ *The Digestive System from Harcourt School:
Building Your System - drag the parts onto the body;
Food Path - drag a food over to the body to follow it through the system (info given on each step);
Inside Story - click on each part to learn more about it.
~ Digestive System Games from Anatomy Arcade: Digestive System Crossword, Digestive System Word Search, Digestive Jigsaw, Digestive System - Studio4Learning Videos, and Digestive System - Integrative Biology Videos.
~ The Digestive System: An Interactive Activity: Drag the names to the parts of the system.
~ Digestive System Online Crossword Puzzle
~ Digestive System Quiz: Online Multiple Choice
The Food Pyramid ~ Nutrition
Immune System ~ Germs
The Immune System (A favorite and fun way to learn!)
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Integumentary System ~ Skin
~ Muscular System Index from KidPort.
~ Your Muscles: A kid friendly article with diagrams and activities.
~ Muscular System Videos from Gamequarium: The Magic School Bus Flexes Its Muscles, and The Muscular System.
~ Muscles of the Body: Click on the muscle named.
~ Muscular System Games from Anatomy Arcade: Poke-A-Muscle, Major Muscles Crossword, Major Muscles Word Search, Muscular System Crossword, Muscular System Word Search, Muscular System Jigsaw, Match-A-Muscle, Muscular System - Studio4Learning Videos, and Muscular System - Integrative Biology Videos.
~ 26 Muscle Worksheets by TeachPE for older kids.
~ Which Muscles?: a lesson plan and PDF worksheets. (I used page 2 for my 3rd grader to color in the muscles.)
~ The Muscles print out worksheet to label from Kids Health.
~ Nervous System Index from KidPort
~ Nervous System Unit from Prentice Hall
Info & Worksheets
~ Introduction to the Brain: The Brain, Structure
and Function, Brain Cells, Spinal Cord, Animal Brain, Comparisons, Glossary, Classroom Activities, and Links from Enchanted Learning.
~ Nervous System Videos from Gamequarium: Bill Nye on the Brain, Nervous System from Schoolhouse Rock, and The Nervous System.
~ Brain Drain from Harcourt: find the part of the brain in which each function is performed. Earn 10 point for each correct one!
~ Nervous System Games from Anatomy Arcade: Match-A-Brain, The Brain Jigsaw, Nervous System Crossword, Nervous System Word Search, The Senses Word Search, The Eye Jigsaw, The Neuron Jigsaw, Nervous System - Studio4Learning Videos, and Nervous System - Integrative Biology Videos.
Coloring in details of the parts of anatomy is an excellent way to remember their shapes, functions, names, and specific parts. Over 300 five star reviews have been written about this very detailed book because of the informative facts and drawings. This book is recommended for advanced students in high school or above.
Respiratory System ~ Lungs
Info & Worksheets
~ Lung Anatomy info, glossary, and worksheet from Enchanted Learning.
~ Respiratory System: Click on the parts to read about their functions.
~ Respiration Unit by Prentice Hall
~ Respiratory System Videos from Gamequarium: Bill Nye on Respiration, and The Respiratory System.
~ Respiratory System Games from Anatomy Arcade: Respiratory System Crossword, Respiratory System Word Search, Thorax Jigsaw, Respiratory System - Studio4Learning Videos, and Respiratory System - Integrative Biology Videos.
~ The Respiratory System: drag the name to the appropriate part.
~ Respiratory System Online Crossword Puzzle
~ The Respiratory System Multiple Choice Online Quiz
Skeletal System ~ Bones
Worksheets & Printables
~ Skeletal System Printout and Information from Enchanted Learning.
~ The Skeletal System: Backbone, Skull, Ribs, & Pelvis - scroll over each to read more about them.
~ Skeletal System Videos from Gamequarium: Them Not So Dry Bones by Schoolhouse Rock, Bill Nye on Bones & Muscles, The Skeletal System by the Movie Source, Stanley the Skeleton, and The Mystery of the Human Skeleton.
~ Bone Structure: watch a movie or take a quiz from BrainPop!
~ How Joints Work: watch a movie or take a quiz from BrainPop.
~ The Human Skeleton: Click on the bone that is named.
~ The Human Skeleton: Drag the name to the correct bone
~ Skeletal Shakedown: Click and drag the bones to their correct location!
~ Skeletal System Games from Anatomy Arcade (teens): Whack-A-Bone, Match-A-Bone, Major Bones Crossword, Skeletal System Word Search, Skeletal Jigsaw, Skeletal System - Studio4Learning Videos, Skeletal System - Integrative Biology Videos.
~ Learn the Skeletal System: click and drag the 18 bone names onto the skeleton from ABCya.
~ Human Skeletal System Index from KidPort Reference
~ Put Annie Back Together!: game from the BBC.
Worksheets & Puzzles
~ Name That Bone! - Skeleton printout to label.
Wouldn't these postcards make a wonderful study tool for kids to keep stored in notebooks?
Dental ~ Teeth
~ Cell Structures by NeoK12 allows you to build your own presentations about cells, play online games and puzzles, and watch several short videos on cells.
~ Mitosis: Interactive lesson on cells and mitosis by Harcourt.
~ Cell Inspector: Interactive lesson about cells from Harcourt.
~ Cell Structure: Learn about prokaryotic, animal, and plant cells with this interactive lesson from LearnersTV.
~ Cell Explorer: Click around the interactive cell to learn more about them from the Exploratorium.
~ Cell Tour: This high school plus resource is fun and informative from the National Science Foundation.
~ Inside a Cell: have fun looking close up at this cell from Genetics Science Learning Center.
~ Links for Cell Websites: Huge list of information about cells of all sorts!
~ Cell Quiz: Label this simple cell as a quiz.
~ Animal Cell Anatomy: Read about parts of the cell, printout diagrams to label, or make a jello cell with these activities from Enchanted Learning!
Do you have hands-on learners? I know I do! Sometimes students learn better when they can hold pieces, feel their shape, see how they fit together, and so on. (I know, it is a little gross, too, but they certainly will remember it which is one of the goals of learning.) Even my most reluctant student enjoyed this!