While studying the human body systems is not in the NGSS, it is still a requirement in many science standards across the United States. This topic can be a very large one and time-consuming to prepare for. To help save some time with the lesson planning process, I searched the web high and low looking for ideas. Here you’ll find a collection of ideas, websites, freebies, and activities to help you get started!
Websites related to the Human Body Systems
There are lots of great websites out in the land of the internet. You can find lesson plans, great interactive visuals of each human body systems, and even videos. Below you’ll find some of the better links to check out.
- First on the list is this free resource created by The Tarheelstate Teacher. In it she has provided a very detailed list of websites that are perfect for upper elementary teachers. You will definitely want to download it. Click this link to grab it free!
- Scholastic Study Jams contains quick slideshows with quick quizzes that students can complete at the end. It also provides vocabulary words. This could be a short science center or a brief introduction. You can check this website out here.
- Generation Genius provides some activities (including a hands-on activity) that can also help get you started. It includes videos, discussion questions, and more. You can check it out here.
- Teach Engineering offers a variety of lessons that have a stem approach. You can pick and choose which you’d like to use in your classroom based on your standards. Click here to check out which human body systems are included.
- We are teachers provides a collection of 26 interactive ways to teach the human body systems. You can see that collection, with images here.
Free Resources to Download
These resources below are free to download and have pieces (or all of it!) that can be used in the classroom when you teach your unit. In a sea of free resources, these are the ones that are of value and fit upper elementary. As always, you can modify or adapt the materials.
- This Google Doc resource provides links for students to reference as they fill in a chart related to several different human body systems. If there are systems there that you don’t study, simply remove the row. It also has students discuss how the systems work together. As with anything, check to make sure the links are appropriate for your school and students. Click here to download it for free.
- This digital activity is great for visual learners. Students drag a colored circle representing a particular human body system to the matching description. If there is a body system listed that you don’t use, just delete it.
- Amy Bowden has a free reader’s theatre that has the body systems trying to prove to a judge that they need to be kept and why. You can download that resource here.
4. This tabbed flipbook describes each human body system and makes a cute booklet. It doesn’t contain any work from the students other than assembling and coloring it, but it makes a great reference guide. Click here to grab it free.
5. Samson’s Shoppe creates wonderful science materials. She offer’s a free resource related to the Integumentary system. While this may not be a system you teach, it gives you a great idea of how all her systems she sells are organized. You can check out the free resource here.
After searching Teachers Pay Teachers, I found resources that I thought were top-notch and should be considered when planning. These resources are my personal picks and are in no way sponsored.
1.) Fishyrobb has created two different resources depending on what grade level you teach. Both packets include reading comprehension, worksheets, anchor charts, and more. You can check out the primary resource and the big kid’s resource.
2.) If you want to turn your human body system into a research project, check out this bundle from The Tarheelstate Teacher. She has everything you need for a low price, including a digital version! Click here to check it out.
3. I’ve created a stand-up Human Body Accordion complete with reading passages. Students read the passages regarding the various systems and then create a timeline like the one above. It also includes a digital version. You can check out this resource by clicking here.
4. The Discovery Apple has created a unit with PowerPoint slides for teachers, worksheets, and interactive notebook pieces. It also includes digital! You can check out the complete unit here.
It is my hope that somewhere in this post, you were able to find a resource that you could use in your classroom while teaching about the human body systems.