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Ch 1: Human Body Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Build on these helpful, interesting lesson plan outlines to design lessons that will help you teach your students about the systems of the human body. The accompanying lessons can become a powerful tool to keep your students interested in science.

Human Body Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Use these lesson plans and other related materials help you create your syllabus and design interesting, informative and comprehensive lessons on the systems of the human body. You will find plans that will help you teach your students about the structures and functions of the immune, digestive and respiratory systems, the five senses, the nervous and circulatory systems and other related material. These outlines and accompanying lessons will assist you in building lesson plans on:

  • The immune system as the body's defense
  • Functions of the five senses
  • Upper and lower digestive tracts and the digestive system as a whole
  • Nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems, structures and functions
  • Games and activities on the human body for kids
  • Definition and examples of homeostasis, and more!

How It Helps

  • Common core: Helps to ensure that your Human Body lessons conform to education standards
  • Classroom discussion questions/topics: Provides questions and topics that you can introduce into your science and human body classes that will encourage student participation and spark interest
  • Homework and classwork assignments: Offers suggestions and ideas for in-class and at-home student assignments on the structure and function of human body systems

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning human body lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to the systems of the body that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your anatomy class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related human anatomy lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts in the human body lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant activities related to the study of the human body, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

38 Lessons in Chapter 1: Human Body Lesson Plans
Human Body Games for Kids

1. Human Body Games for Kids

There are a lot of body parts to learn, and the functions of some of them are complex. Help your students learn what they need to know by trying out a few of these human body games.

Muscular System Lesson Plan

2. Muscular System Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the muscular system with help from this lesson plan. Students will learn about muscle anatomy, the organization of muscles, and how they work together, then get concepts to stick with a fun game.

What Is the Muscular System? - Function & How Muscles Work in Groups

3. What Is the Muscular System? - Function & How Muscles Work in Groups

Ever feel overwhelmed when you look at all those muscles in your textbooks? Well, if you do, then maybe learning a little about their anatomy and organization and how they work together will help you sort through it all. In this lesson, learn about the muscle itself and how it works with others to help the muscular system function.

Medical Terminology Lesson Plan

4. Medical Terminology Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students how medical terms are formed. Students will learn about root words, prefixes and suffixes that make up medical terminology with the help of two video lessons, then compare eponyms and descriptive terms.

How Medical Terms are Formed

5. How Medical Terms are Formed

In this lesson, we'll focus on how medical terms are formed and practice forming them. You will become familiar with how to build medical terms to describe parts of the body, procedures, and bodily processes.

Types of Medical Terms: Eponyms vs. Descriptive Terms

6. Types of Medical Terms: Eponyms vs. Descriptive Terms

We will explore the two main ways in which medical terms are designed in this lesson. Learning how medical terms got their names will help with understanding terms as you are learning medical terminology. We will look at some examples of both eponyms and descriptive terms.

Endocrine System Lesson Plan

7. Endocrine System Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the endocrine system. Students will watch our video lesson that explains the job of hormones and the endocrine system before they apply their newfound knowledge to a fun activity.

Endocrine System Function & Hormone Regulation

8. Endocrine System Function & Hormone Regulation

Our hormones play a big part in how we feel and behave throughout the day. Hormones also affect important bodily functions. What other functions do our hormones regulate? Find out in this lesson on the endocrine system!

Enzyme Function, Interactions & Regulation Activities for High School

9. Enzyme Function, Interactions & Regulation Activities for High School

Helping students understand what enzymes are and how they work is an important part of high school biology instruction. This lesson offers activities that will teach students more about enzyme function, interactions, and regulation.

Lymphatic System Lesson Plan

10. Lymphatic System Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the lymphatic system with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson that details the structure and function of the lymphatic system and defines domain-specific vocabulary, then apply learning to an activity.

What is the Lymphatic System? - Structures, Function & Vocabulary

11. What is the Lymphatic System? - Structures, Function & Vocabulary

Your lymphatic system is an important part of your body's defense team. Learn about structures of the lymphatic system, such as the lymphatic vessels, spleen, thymus gland, tonsils and Peyer's patches, and the roles they play in keeping you healthy.

Urinary System Lesson Plan

12. Urinary System Lesson Plan

Are you teaching the urinary system in your physiology class? This lesson plan uses a short video, class discussions, small group work, and the creation of a system model to help students understand the structures and function of the urinary system.

Gross Anatomy of the Urinary System

13. 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.

Organ System Lesson Plan

14. Organ System Lesson Plan

Learning about all of the organ systems in the body can be overwhelming. This lesson gives students an introduction to each organ system, and then allows them to creatively learn about a specific system of their choosing in more detail by creating a social media poster.

What Is an Organ System? - Definition & Pictures

15. What Is an Organ System? - Definition & Pictures

In this lesson, you will learn what an organ system is, and you will review each organ system in the human body. This will aid in your study of human anatomy and physiology. At the end of the lesson, a quiz will test your knowledge.

Endocrine System Games & Activities

16. Endocrine System Games & Activities

If you are teaching your students about the endocrine system, you might be looking for ways to make learning fun and engaging. This lesson offers you some games and activities to bring your students' learning to life!

Endocrine System Project Ideas

17. Endocrine System Project Ideas

The endocrine system is one of the most complex anatomical systems. This lesson offers you some projects that will help your students understand the system and what it does.

Lymphatic System Activities & Games

18. Lymphatic System Activities & Games

Learning about the lymphatic system is an important part of learning how the body works. This lesson offers some activities and games that will make learning fun for your students!

Urinary System Games & Activities

19. Urinary System Games & Activities

Teaching students about the urinary system can sometimes feel a little awkward! The games and activities in this lesson will help keep learning lighthearted while still ensuring that your students internalize plenty of information.

Organ Systems Games

20. Organ Systems Games

Play is an important part of the learning process. This lesson offers games and activities for students of all ages to playfully gather information about organs and their systems.

Water in the Human Body Lesson Plan

21. Water in the Human Body Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the role water plays in our bodies. Students will watch an engaging video explaining the five main functions of water in the human body and answer questions about content before applying learning to an activity and taking a quiz.

The Role of Water in Human Biology

22. The Role of Water in Human Biology

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain why water is so important, and describe the five main functions of water in the human body. A short quiz will follow.

Muscles Lesson Plan

23. Muscles Lesson Plan

The muscles can be intimidating to learn about, but your students are going to enjoy their learning experience as they watch a video and create poster presentations about muscles.

Muscle Lesson Plan for Elementary School

24. Muscle Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Kids really love learning about their bodies. Your students will enjoy learning about muscles as they read and discuss a text lesson, research and present muscles and take a quiz.

Muscle Facts: Lesson for Kids

25. Muscle Facts: Lesson for Kids

Did you know your heart is a muscle? Learn about the different types of muscles in your body, how muscles work, and what muscles are made of in this lesson.

Muscular System Games & Activities

26. Muscular System Games & Activities

Teaching students about the muscular system can be fun. This lesson will describe games and activities you can use to support instruction on the muscular system using objects you already have on hand.

Toxicology Lesson Plan

27. Toxicology Lesson Plan

Do you need an engaging lesson plan for teaching your students the basics about toxicology? You've come to the right place! This lesson plan will help your students learn about toxicology and acquire additional knowledge through research.

Toxicology: Definition, Data & Report

28. Toxicology: Definition, Data & Report

We hear about toxicology when we watch our favorite crime shows. In this lesson, you will learn more about toxicology including the data toxicologist collect and how the data is reported.

Anatomy Lesson Plan

29. Anatomy Lesson Plan

Anatomy can be an exciting subject to teach your students. Your students can learn about anatomy by watching a video, having a discussion, completing a group activity and taking a quiz.

Organ Systems Lab Activities

30. Organ Systems Lab Activities

Whether you approach teaching the organ systems with excitement or dread, there are creative ways to engage students in learning about these systems' vital functions.

Sleep Lesson Plan

31. Sleep Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct students about sleep. Students will explain various theories about the role dreams play in psychological health.

Kidney Lesson Plan

32. Kidney Lesson Plan

The organs in our body are important, but some, such as the kidneys, are critical to our survival. In this lesson, students will learn about the structure and functions of the kidneys and then complete an interactive activity.

Anatomy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. Anatomy Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Anatomy is focused on the structures of living things. This lesson plan will help you teach your elementary students about anatomy with a text lesson, discussion questions and a culminating activity that highlights what they've learned.

Muscle Origin & Insertion Lesson Plan

34. Muscle Origin & Insertion Lesson Plan

Our muscles are strategically placed to allow for functional movement. Your students will learn about muscle origin, insertion, and action as they watch a video and identify origin and insertion of muscles.

Vital Signs Lesson Plan

35. Vital Signs Lesson Plan

Teach your students what vital signs are and how to take them with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video and discuss content then practice taking each of the vital signs in stations. Finish with a quiz.

Organ Systems Lesson Plan

36. Organ Systems Lesson Plan

There are several organ systems in the body and all are important for our bodies to function properly. Your students will learn about organ systems as they watch a video and create organ system posters.

Lymphatic System Functions Lesson Plan

37. Lymphatic System Functions Lesson Plan

The lymphatic system is critical to our survival. Your students will learn about the functions of the lymphatic system as they watch a video, create lymphatic structures profiles, and take a quiz.

Human Physiology Activities for High School

38. Human Physiology Activities for High School

Looking for ways to help your students enjoy studying the human body and how it works? This lesson is filled with engaging activities all about human physiology.

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