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Ch 22: The Urinary & Endocrine Systems - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

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The urinary and endocrine systems unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about how the urinary and endocrine systems operate. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our 9th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the formation and function of the urinary and endocrine tracts. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the urinary and endocrine systems. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn the function of the kidneys, hormones, liver, bladder and urethra.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a urinary and endocrine systems unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Urinary and Endocrine Systems Unit Objectives:

  • Review the basic function and purpose of the urinary system.
  • Compare the structure and functions of the liver and kidneys.
  • Understand the endocrine glands and hormones.
  • Learn about the most common health disorders and symptoms of the pituitary glands.
  • Explore some of the ailments associated with thyroid diseases and what remedies are available.
  • Discover what the pancreas does within the endocrine system.
  • Identify the adrenal glands and their purpose.
  • Review some of the complaints of the pancreas, such as Type I diabetes and gestational diabetes.

5 Lessons in Chapter 22: The Urinary & Endocrine Systems - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
Gross Anatomy of the Urinary System

1. Gross Anatomy of the Urinary System

Our body must detoxify and cleanse itself to thrive. That is why we depend so heavily on our liver and urinary system. In this lesson, we'll explore how toxins are filtered by our organs and how urine is formed and expelled with the nephron, bladder, ureters, and urethra.

Hormones: Definition, Function & Intro to the Endocrine System

2. Hormones: Definition, Function & Intro to the Endocrine System

This lesson introduces the endocrine system and provides a brief overview of each endocrine gland. It also provides the definition of hormones and describes their general function inside the body.

Pituitary Dysfunction: Disorders and Symptoms

3. Pituitary Dysfunction: Disorders and Symptoms

The pituitary gland secretes hormones that affect growth, reproductive ability, and water retention. If there is a hypo- or hyper-secretion of these hormones, the result can be a number of conditions, including pituitary dwarfism, gigantism, acromegaly, sterility, or diabetes insipidus.

Thyroid Disorders: Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism & Thyroidectomy

4. Thyroid Disorders: Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism & Thyroidectomy

The thyroid gland produces hormones that help set your metabolic rate. This lesson will discuss conditions of the thyroid gland, including hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, and their related symptoms.

Disorders of the Pancreas: Types, Symptoms & Treatments

5. Disorders of the Pancreas: Types, Symptoms & Treatments

The pancreas produces insulin. If the pancreas is incapable of producing insulin or cells do not respond to this hormone, then a person can develop diabetes mellitus. In this lesson, you will learn about diabetes and how it relates to the pancreas.

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