Health is the ninth unit in the Biology course. In this unit you will learn about the pathogens, the immune system, nutrition, safety, and the reproductive system.
We approach health topics including nutrition, vaccines, diet, and human reproduction from an informational scientific standpoint. There are sidebars and discussion questions that encourage you to talk about what you believe about right and wrong in regard to these issues with your children. The books we recommend in this unit also approach the topic from this standpoint.
This unit has sections on:
- Immune System
- Nutrition & Exercise
- Caring For Your Body
- Reproductive System
Learning By Doing
This is an activity based curriculum, where you learn by doing. Here are a few of the activities to choose from in this unit:
- Keep a health log throughout this unit as you set goals to improve your own health
- Swab various surfaces for bacteria to highlight the importance of cleanliness
- Make a model virus
- Color and craft an informational poster about parts of the immune system
- Make immune cells ping pong buddies
- Create micronutrients collage poster with pictures of food
- Make a health meal plan and then cook your meals
- Fill out a fact sheet about one or more illegal drugs and the effects they have
- Make a model mouth, fill it with clay teeth, and practice brushing all the surfaces
- Have a spa day together
- Label and color diagrams of the male and female reproductive systems
- Plus much more!
Each Layers of Learning Science unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. You can learn more about how Layers of Learning works in the Curriculum Guide. You may also want to purchase the Science Guidebook for even more information on how to teach and learn with Layers of Learning Science.
Here is a two-page spread from Health:
There are many different activities, pintables, and games in each unit. You get to design your student’s learning by choosing your favorites and reading books and watching videos on the topics presented in the unit.
The sidebars line the entire unit and help you take off on tangents, learn extra information, have deep discussions, coordinate with Writer’s Workshop, or find high interest books to hand to your child.
This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.
Health is also part of the overall Biology course, the second Year of the four year Layers of Learning Science cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you through the four branches of science from Earth & Space to Biology to Chemistry to Physics in a logical progression where skills are learned and then practiced and used. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit and in any order.
This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.
You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.
Above, you see the cover and two of the Printable Pack pages. This printable pack includes 35 pages.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Biology Resources page.