The Human Body
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The Human Body: Get Under the Skin with Science Activities for Kids

Illustrated by Lex Cornell
Is your belly growling? Are your ears listening? Are your feet tapping? The Human Body: Get Under the Skin with Science Activities for Kids takes young readers on a trip through their own bodies to learn all about the systems that keep us going! Hands-on science projects, essential questions, links to primary sources, and more introduce kids to what’s under their skin.

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“One of the potential problems of teaching the human body for this age group is the snickers that  teachers often have to contend with.  This book completely eliminates that. . . Although originally I believed this book wouldn’t interest me very much, as the workings of the human body isn’t something I normally think of, once I opened it, there was an amazing amount of information packed into this fairly small book.  It is readable, very informative, and a must for anyone wishing to learn the workings of ourselves.”

School Library Connection
"This book takes readers on an interactive tour of the human body, with eight chapters covering main elements of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, reproductive, and immune systems. The book has a conversational tone and is filled with illustrations, photographs, charts, and comic strips to keep readers engaged with the content. Every chapter is supplemented with do-it-yourself projects using household items to demonstrate the structure and function of body parts like the lungs or hands. Sidebars provide fun facts or explanations such as how fingerprints work or the effects of a concussion, and “essential questions” throughout the book encourage critical thinking and discussion. Readers with smartphones or tablets can also use QR (quick response) codes to access additional material such as websites, interviews, and videos. Teachers of life science, health or human anatomy will find this book to be a thorough and fun resource. It is also well suited to students in virtual or homeschool environments, who will appreciate the interactive elements and ideas for experiments they can perform independently. Recommended"

School Library Journal
"Reilly blends human body facts with activities to create a useful and appealing STEM book. Starting with the cardiovascular system and going through reproduction, genetics, diseases, and immunity, eight chapters offer information and projects that aim to please. Projects include making your own edible cell, making your own joints, and making your own inheritance model. The interesting tasks are easily accomplished with readily available materials. Sporadic, three-paneled cartoons, while pedestrian, add clarity to the easy-to-read text. An extensive glossary, index, and list of resources are appended. The title offers many illustrations, and videos are linked through QR codes. VERDICT A first purchase for public and school libraries. Fine activities for home and classroom that will grab the attention of budding scientists"

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“Is there a future doctor in the house? Or maybe you have someone with an interest in knowing what is going on in the fantastic and often taken for granted human body. This new title from Nomad Press fills in all the details from head to toe. Even adults will learn a thing or two.

This is no dry textbook approach. Instead readers will enjoy the nice balance of text, drawings and photos. The explanations of each area of the body were the clearest descriptions I’ve ever come across and perfect for the target audience. If you have a QR app on your phone, extend your understanding with videos and articles from the web. . .  Get a head start this summer on this science-based book for kids. You’ll be ahead of your peers when school starts up again in the Fall.” Read the complete review online.

Praise for the previous edition of The Human Body
School Library Journal
“The workings of the human body are expertly summarized in 11 tidy chapters, which include experiments that explain how the body works. The scientific explanations are superb. A great addition to any collection.” School Library Journal

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“The author did an outstanding job of making the concepts of molecules and atoms understandable for an elementary student, and these concepts are critical to the discussion of density. Difficult content was developed in a logical sequence and there is a good flow of ideas and experiments within the book. This book is an excellent resource for an elementary science classroom studying forms of matter.”

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Did you know that your brain has up to 100 billion nerve cells? Wow! What else is going on in your body?

In The Human Body: Get Under the Skin with Science Activities for Kids, middle schoolers learn about the different bodily systems that keep people breathing, moving, thinking, and staying healthy! Kids get a good look at all the action that's going on right inside their own bodies, from understanding just how that apple turns into energy to how the "leftovers" make their exit.

By studying the circulatory system, the digestive system, muscles, bones, the brain, senses, reproduction system, and more, kids gain a deep understanding of why they can do the things they do and even learn about what they can do to take care of their bodies so they live long and healthy lives. Through science-minded STEM activities, readers see exactly how smoke affects the lungs, how the heart really acts as a liquid pump, and how the different joints are structured and serve different purposes.

The Human Body includes critical thinking exercises and essential questions related to anatomy. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, plus graphic novel illustrations and photography encourage readers to take a deep dive under their skin!

Try these hands-on anatomy projects!

  • Try playing with muscle memory
  • Grow your own indoor sensory garden
  • Conduct your own decalcifying bone experiment
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Life Science



Take a Look!

Chapter 1
The Cardiovascular System

Chapter 2
Respiratory System

Chapter 3
Digestive System

Chapter 4
Muscles and Bones

Chapter 5

Chapter 6
The Brain and Senses

Chapter 7
Reproduction and Genetics

Chapter 8
Diseases and Immunity

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions