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Science teachers have a big job! Of course, teaching content about the human body can be tough, especially with upper elementary and middle school students who have so many questions. Even reading nonfiction text about the human body can be fun, however! Bring engagement and excitement into your science lessons with these human body systems activities for your science classroom!

What are the Human Body Systems?

There are 11 human body systems to review with your students:

  • Skeletal system
  • Muscular system
  • Cardiovascular/circulatory system
  • Digestive system
  • Nervous system
  • Respiratory system
  • Endocrine system
  • Urinary system
  • Immune/lymphatic system
  • Reproductive system
  • Integumentary system

Overall, these human body systems are important in teaching science standards and helping your students know how the human body works.

Read All About it!

Share some engaging nonfiction texts that teach your students all about human body systems and supplement your curriculum. This is also a great way to engage reluctant readers with high interest texts.

First, check out a comic book that takes your readers on a tour of their guts! Science Comics: The Digestive System: A Tour Through Your Guts. Because the book is written by a gastroenterologist, you know all the facts about the mouth, stomach, liver, intestines, and other organs of the gastrointestinal tract are on point!

Next, skeletal and muscular systems are meant to be seen to understand. The book, Illumanatomy: See inside the human body with your magic viewing lens is a special book where your students can look inside the human body! Students also use the magic three-color lens to see beneath the surface.

Ready to learn about the circulatory system? The Heart: All about Our Circulatory System and More! is an easy-to-read text with gorgeous pictures. This text is perfect for young and old readers!

CSI Spy Mystery

Kids love CSI cases and mysteries! Why not incorporate them into your human body systems activities?

To begin, students work on their own or in pairs to be the first to solve the human body related case! Students also go through tasks and earn a clue card after checking their completed task with you. Of course, this helps them eliminate suspects and evidence. Overall, all the cases are “Top Secret” with files and props to make it seem like a real case!

The tasks are perfect for increasing reading comprehension and include:

  • Cloze Reading – Fill in the blank
  • Find and Fix – Fix incorrect statements
  • True or False with a secret word
  • Main idea and supporting details
  • Try the Immune System CSI Spy Mystery to learn all about the immune system, pathogens, antigens, antibodies, white blood cells!

More Puzzles

If you’ve tried some Think Tank Escape Rooms but are looking for different puzzles, check out reading and puzzle escape games!

Just like the Escape Rooms, these puzzles have your students engaged and learning. However, there are a few differences between these puzzles and the original Escape Rooms. First, there are new leveled reading passages. Also, there are four new puzzles and decoders. Check out these fun new puzzles!

  • Cryptogram
  • Qwerty
  • Atbash
  • Text Message
  • Pigpen
  • Polybius

Try the Respiratory system reading and puzzle games. Your students also learn about the nose, mouth, throat, windpipe, lungs and diaphragm in these fun games!

Color by Number

Even older students love to color! Use the color by number activities to learn about the human body systems. First, students complete a “before reading” guide. Next, they read all about Human Body Systems, including Skeletal system, Muscular system, Cardiovascular/circulatory system, Digestive system, and more. Your students then answer questions, mark the text for evidence, and color the picture according to their answer. Finally, they complete the “after reading” anticipation guide.

I love using the color by number with science and language arts to practice text marking strategies! As an added bonus, you can hang the finished project up in the classroom to showcase your students’ art skills! It’s a win, win!

Scavenger Hunt

I love this Human Body Systems Scavenger Hunt that covers all of the 11 human body systems!

The Human Body Systems Scavenger Hunt is part learning activity, part competition.
First, students read passages and answer questions while moving around the room. Each of the 14 Ingredient Cards contains a short reading passage, a multiple-choice question, and a clue that leads them to their next Ingredient Card. Next, your students determine missing ingredients in a cake bake-off. Finally, students visit each of the 14 Ingredient Cards and put together the recipe to win!

Overall, teaching human body systems activities for your science classroom has never been easier! Whether you’re trying a circulatory escape room or sharing the muscular system CSI mystery, your students will love these human body systems activities! What human body systems activities for your science classroom will you share with your students?

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