NSBRI has a series of educational units for use in fourth- through eighth-grade classrooms. The free guides contain activities that allow students to learn about the human body on Earth and in space. The areas covered by these guides include:
Heart and circulatory system
Muscle and bone structure and function
Sleep and circadian rhythm
Fitness, energy needs and the food pyramid
Neurobiology, vestibular function and spatial orientation
The guides are teacher-ready and meet National Science Education Standards. The activities in each guide are stand-alone and can be easily modified by the teacher.
In this hands-on exercise from the NOVA: "Electric Heart" Web site, you'll enter a virtual operating theater and perform a heart transplant. While this version of the operation has been greatly simplified, all of the basic steps are included. By the end of the operation, you will have a good idea of what's involved in taking the heart from one person and making it function in another.
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Students measure and record their pulse rate before and
after physical activity to learn more about the heart.
Students have the opportunity to use a math model to look
for patterns in the pulse rate data. Students participate in
a Cardiac Relay to deepen their understanding of the
circulatory system. Students make observations of gravity’
effects on a water balloon to learn more about gravity’s
effects on water in the body. Thinking and acting like
scientists and engineers, students learn more about the
design of exercise equipment to keep astronauts healthy in
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Interactive video on servings and calories
BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices
Science and Our Food Supply is a free curriculum kit appropriate for middle level and high school classes. This inquiry-based curriculum, developed jointly by the FDA and NSTA, introduces students to the fundamentals of microbiology through in-depth lessons and activities that are arranged in an easy-to-use, modular format. The curriculum can easily be incorporated into your biology, life science, food, health and nutrition classes. Your students will learn about
Bacteria, including Foodborne Pathogens
The Science of Cooking a Hamburger
The following collection (small, but growing) attempts to put into practice the concept of Scientific Science Teaching -- Students work with data, and draw conclusions that help them learn the content specified in the Standards. NOTE: these are not step-by-step guides.