TeachersFirst's Human Body Systems - Science Resources
This collection of resources will help you research information about human body systems. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Some sites may be more challenging reading, while others may offer solid basic information. Be sure to try several sources.
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GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomThis site is a must-have for all science teachers to use to find high-quality lessons and teaching materials. Be sure to visit the Phenomena section to find the Master List of Phenomenon Google Document sharing suggestions for observable science events or find phenomena by grade level. Engage students in learning by sharing videos on this site, then use Edpuzzle, reviewed here to add questions and focus comments to the videos to support student learning. Use the ideas and resources on this site to create flipped and blended learning lessons or to create playlists to encourage student choice of learning activities. Learn more about playlists by viewing the archive of OK2Ask: Playlists to Personalize Learning, reviewed here and learn about choice boards at the OK2Ask archive: Choice Boards for Differentiation Part 1, reviewed here.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomAdd this site to your bookmarks to share with students as you learn about the human heart and the circulatory system. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to organize and share your bookmarked sites with students. For example, use categories in Padlet to organize shared information by different body systems, or if working specifically on the heart, create categories for informational sites, review activities, videos, and articles. Enhance learning and ask students to use the timeline feature of Padlet to create a step-by-step visual look at the process of the circulatory system as it moves through the body. Extend learning by asking students to create a human heart model, then use CoSpaces Edu, reviewed here, to build a 3D heart model. CoSpaces Edu offers tools for students to upload photos to create an immersive tour. Share the site's directions with students to explore and learn together, then ask the groups to teach other students how to create with CoSpaces.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThis animation is a "must-use" for science classes! All learners will appreciate the use of animations to learn about how the eye works; however, it is especially useful for visual learners to "see" the process in motion. Provide a link to this site or embed it on your class website for students to use when learning about anatomical features. Include this animation along with videos, articles, and other information in an interactive learning platform such as Curipod, reviewed here. Upon completion of your learning activities, have students demonstrate learning by creating explainer videos using FlexClip, reviewed here, that explain the process of how eyes work.
Grades5 to 12
In the ClassroomIntroduce Guts and Bolts on an interactive whiteboard or projector, then allow students to explore on their own. Be sure to share a link to this game on your class website for play at home. Have students create a multimedia presentation using Slidestory, reviewed here. This site allows you to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find photos or diagrams of body systems (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo with essential information.
Grades6 to 12
tag(s): human body (93)
In the ClassroomUse videos as an introduction to human body lessons or flip your classroom and have students watch videos before introducing lessons. Share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Infogram, reviewed here.
Grades3 to 8
tag(s): addition (126), animals (271), climate (78), decimals (85), differentiation (79), division (97), ecosystems (70), energy (130), estimation (34), forces (37), fractions (160), game based learning (173), human body (93), landforms (37), light (52), matter (47), measurement (125), minerals (14), multiplication (120), number lines (32), percent (59), place value (34), plants (140), probability (96), problem solving (220), rocks (35), solar system (106), sound (74), subtraction (108), weather (160)
In the ClassroomExcite your students with the Jams! Share the Jam videos on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students sing along and learn more about science and math. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Use the many topics available to differentiate for all students in your classroom. Create learning centers using this site or use it on individual laptops. Print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
GradesK to 8
tag(s): earth (178), electricity (60), energy (130), engineering (116), heat (15), human body (93), life cycles (20), magnetism (35), matter (47), minerals (14), moon (70), recycling (46), rocks (35), solar system (106), sound (74), space (209), STEM (245), sun (68), video (252), water (101)
In the ClassroomFlip your classroom and use a video as homework. Have students take notes on the material and write down questions they still have and topics that confuse them. Or, use a tool like playposit,reviewed here, for students to pause videos and ask or answer questions right on the video. These activities can uncover misconceptions. Show the video to the class, and then discuss the concept at length. To share a single video from this site without all the YouTube clutter, View Pure, reviewed here, and create a shortcut to the View Pure page directly on the desktop. For more advanced classes, provide time for students to choose a video to view and research the underlying concept.
Grades5 to 10
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tag(s): body systems (41), cells (79), classification (21), dna (44), ecology (97), evolution (87), game based learning (173), genetics (75), human body (93), meiosis (8), photosynthesis (20), respiration (10), scientific method (46)
In the ClassroomIntroduce this site to your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector to review and reinforce concepts. If you are lucky enough to have access to iPads for your students, you could have the activities downloaded as apps to use for stations or early finishers. Be sure to include this site on your class webpage for students to access both in and outside of class for further practice. Have students create animated movies online using Adobe Express Video Maker, reviewed here to demonstrate biology concepts. Use an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here, to review concepts before quizzes and tests.
GradesK to 6
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tag(s): animal homes (54), animals (271), archeology (24), body systems (41), brain (53), earthquakes (43), ecology (97), endangered species (26), food chains (16), forces (37), fossils (40), gravity (42), habitats (87), heart (25), human body (93), mass (19), moon (70), planets (110), plants (140), rocks (35), simple machines (17), soil (17), sound (74), STEM (245), volcanoes (55), water (101), weather (160)
In the ClassroomTake advantage of the free resources on the site to supplement your current teaching materials in many science topics. Create a link on classroom computers for students to view videos and share a link on your class website for students to view at home. Have students create online posters individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Don't forget to find the standards link within each resource to align to Common Core Standards.
Grades6 to 12
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tag(s): animals (271), cells (79), climate (78), climate change (84), genetics (75), human body (93), medicine (54), scientific method (46), scientists (62), solar energy (33), solar system (106), space (209), video (252), weather (160)
In the ClassroomSave this site to use as a resource throughout the year with any science topic. Embed videos onto your classroom website for viewing at home or independently during class. (Embedding avoids displaying other areas of the site.) Have students create online posters after they learn about the topic individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Extend learning by challenging cooperative learning groups to create similar videos about science topics being discussed in class using FlexClip, reviewed here. FlexClip is designed to allow you to create short animated or explainer videos to share on YouTube and other social media sites. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here or on All Things Science, if permitted by school policies.
Grades7 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this resource in an anatomy/physiology, biology, or health class. Use as a resource to understand structure and function as well as common health ailments and their effects. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Provide this link on your website for students to use who are studying human body systems. Assign a different "system" to each student (or cooperative learning group). Challenge students to create multimedia presentations on their system using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Microsoft PowerPoint Online, Animatron, Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, and Anchor.
Grades9 to 12
In the ClassroomTake the discussion in Health and Biology one step further by connecting class content with health issues. Since diseases are breakdowns of processes at the cellular level, students can identify these as well as the body's responses. Many of the topics and materials on this site are advanced for some students, so teachers should keep in mind the maturity level of their students. Use this site to research and present health topics to the class. Answer the questions that students often ask via research on this site. Challenge cooperative learning groups to investigate health topics and create a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Microsoft PowerPoint Online, Animatron, Renderforest, and Desygner.
Grades6 to 9
In the ClassroomTry using this site multiple times in a life science class or a health class as you have students work their way through the body systems. It would make a great addition to any health or life science class where the human body is being taught. Encourage students to ask their own questions about the human body, and write to Science Bob Q & A reviewed here to get the answers.
Grades6 to 12
In the ClassroomThis site is begging to be used on a projector or interactive whiteboard! Share the systems that you are currently teaching. Use this in conjunction with any vertebrate dissection for comparison to the human systems. Use in a health class for great visuals and quizzing of the human systems being studied. Discuss additional issues with systems. For example, discuss the different types of injuries that can occur in the skeletal and muscular system with sports and other injuries. Have students create a multimedia presentation to share with the class about one of the topics learned at this site. Have students create online posters using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or Canva, reviewed here.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomNavigate the human body and label parts on an interactive whiteboard, or find the appropriate experiments for all your science concepts. By searching the question archives, you can find answers to questions at all levels. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page year-round to promote curiosity about science. Teachers of gifted will love this one as a treasury of open-ended ideas on science by scientists.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomCaution: Since this site was developed in France, the attitude toward nudity is different from that in the U.S. Illustrations under the human body section include nudity and labeling of ALL body parts. However, this is a very comprehensive visual dictionary and not directed just toward younger children.
Grades4 to 8
tag(s): bacteria (20), carbon (15), circuits (20), earth (178), electricity (60), environment (233), human body (93), insects (67), magnetism (35), moon (70), periodic table (42), pi (25), sun (68), vision (45)