I believe it is important for everyone – adults and children alike – to have an understanding of how the human body works. When we have insight into how our bodies work, we are better prepared to care for our bodies so they can last us a lifetime.
While the study of the human body can last a lifetime – scientists are still making new discoveries about the human body as we speak! – there are basic facts about the human body that children should learn as they grow.
As toddlers and preschoolers, children can become familiar with the names of their body parts.
During the early elementary grades, children can learn about many of the organs inside their bodies.
And during the late elementary years, children should start to understand how organs work in body systems that handle functions such as respiration, digestion, circulation, etc.
My learning objectives for our human body unit include:
- Kids will be able to name and identify external body parts (e.g., head, arm, foot)
- Kids will understand the five main senses (seeing, hearing, taste, touch, and smell) and which organs they correspond to
- Kids will be able to name and identify internal organs of the body (e.g., heart, stomach, liver)
- Kids will know the function of the internal organs
- Kids will understand how organs work together in body systems to carry out important functions of the body
- Kids will be able to identify and describe the function of key body systems (e.g., circulatory system, digestive system)
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