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Human Biology: An inquiry-based guide for the middle school student.

Developed by the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University and


Donated to CK-12 Foundation under the Creative Commons Attibution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) license. This license allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based on that content.




Letter to the Teacher

Unit Planning

Content Overview

Unit Activities and Key Ideas

Teacher's Guide Overview

Assessment Overview

Getting Started

Teaching Timelines

Safety Tips

GroupWork Activities


Additional Resources


Activity Index

Text Authors

H. Craig Heller, Mary L. Kiely, Stan Ogren

Activity Authors

H. Craig Heller, James V. Lawry, Stan Ogren, Marjorie Gray, Geraldine Horsma

GroupWork Authors

Julie Bianchini, Nicole Holthuis, Susan Schultz, Rachel Lotan

Principal Investigator H. Craig Heller, Project Director Mary L. Kiely

The authors would like to thank Margy Kuntz for her review and revisions of the field test manuscript.

Photo Credits

130 (top), David Phillips/Photo Researchers; 130 (center), Keith Porter/Photo Researchers; 130 (bottom), Dr. Yorgos Nikas/Photo Researchers

Everyday Learning Development Staff


Steve Mico, Leslie Morrison, Susan Zeitner


Fran Brown, Annette Davis, Jess Schaal, Norma Underwood

Additional Credits

Project Editor: Dennis McKee

Shepherd, Inc.

ISBN 1-57039-678-7

Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The content of the Human Biology curriculum is the sole responsibility of Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, or The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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