Free Human Biology Materials

Like botany and zoology, study of the human body begins with the external parts before going into the internal. The internal workings of the body (systems, etc.) usually begins in the upper elementary class, but you may have a child that gets there a little earlier or has a special interest.

So for my first ever "round-up" I am putting together some of the free resources I have been able to find (including my own).

External Parts of the Body
Beginning with the parts of the body, the child will then go on to focus on isolated parts. For example after the parts of the body you may then look at parts of the arm followed by parts of the hand.

I originally shared my external parts of the body nomenclature cards and charts in this post.

Montessori Soul also has a set of Parts of the Human Body cards.

I have shared my Parts of the Arm cards previously - they are in black and white (as traditionally these types of cards would be hand coloured by the teacher) - I will update these to include the red highlight (eventually!)

ABC Teach offer some free Parts of the Arm cards as well.

*NEW* Parts of the Hand cards

I updated my Parts of the Face nomenclature cards a while ago - again they are in black and white (on the "to be highlighted" list as well). Because I am making these for my class I hand colour, so it hasn't been a priority for me to create highlighted versions.

I also have Parts of the Mouth cards - these are available in both black and white AND highlighted (by request.)

I was all set to make and publish a nomenclature set for the types of teeth, but was really pleased to find a great set at Pinay Homeschooler.

Parts of a Tooth three part cards

I have planned to finish of my series with Parts of the Hand, Parts of the Leg and Parts of the Feet this year - stay tuned!

Internal Parts of the Body: Systems
Beginning with the skeletal system the sequence of introducing the various systems continues (as in my training) with The Muscular System, The Circulatory System, The Respiratory System, The Urinary System, The Reproductive System. This may not cover curriculum content that you may be required by regulating bodies but is easily extended into any such work.

The lesson given before exploring the internal work is the Great River, which I discussed in this post. I have mute and labelled black and white masters.

Montessori Soul: Parts of the Human Skeleton

Pinay Homeschooler: The Human Skeleton

The Helpful Garden: Parts of the Skeleton

The Learning Ark has some Internal Organs cards complete with definitions.

*NEW* I recently made some heart nomenclature cards which you can find HERE.

Beyond these it is difficult to find *free* nomenclature cards specific to various systems. There is a file on Box shared by Anjum Husain that has some resources - if you use Box you can find the files here. (I have seen many other blogs link to these files, but I will remove if there is an issue with sharing).

*NEW* from Max & Naoli Internal Organs 3 part cards

I hope to be able to add my own files in the future.

Other Montessori and Montessori Inspired Resources

The Helpful Garden has a set of Parts of the Eye nomenclature cards with blackline masters.

Suzie's Home Education Ideas also has some Montessori Inspired Parts of the Eye cards.

The Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs has free Parts of the Womb and Baby Development Cards. I recently saw an activity that used baby development cards on a time line following on with photos of a child at various ages continuing along the timeline which would be fantastic to incorporate into the lessons on time.

They also have some Sense of Smell cards to share.

Suzie's Home Education Ideas has some great ideas for studying the body and has a set of Anatomy Cards to download.

If I have missed something I would love for you to let me know - either in the comments section or you can send me a pin on Pinterest.

You can follow my Pinterest board for all these resources and more - I hope to find more treasures to share with you.

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  1. Thanks for linking to my website and sharing my free download....and all the other wonderful links you have posted.

    1. Thank you for creating something to be shared :)

  2. I love your blog so much that I have nominated Elementary Observations for the Lovely Blog Award I would also like to see you join me at my new Facebook Group -

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne - you are too kind!

  3. Oh! Thank you for these! They are beautiful and so many people can use these. Pinning and Facebooking!

  4. Thankyou for posting this. I was pleasantly surprised to see my name here! I would be more than happy to share as I have benefitted from all generous montessorians around the world too.

  5. I love this! So many resources here that I have to come back for :)

  6. Thank you so much for making these beautiful materials available. I'm a first-year teacher, and I am continually floored by the generosity of the Montessori community!

    1. Welcome aboard Jean - wishing you all the best for your first year!