Embryonic Development, Congenital Abnormalities, And Their Effect On The Function Of Human Body Systems

Jennifer Selfridge, Science, Bailey Middle

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This curriculum unit combines 7th grade North Carolina Science Standards on genetics, inheritance, and the human body to investigate how problems with the development of the human embryo can impair the functioning of the human body systems after birth. A variety of genetic disorders and environmental influences will be explored as means to discuss the proper structure and function of human body systems while simultaneously exploring issues of genetics and inheritance. Students will be able to practice the use of pedigree charts and Punnett squares while relating the disorders to how they affect the human body systems. Students will also explore how environmental factors can affect survival due to the influence they have on the developing human body systems and their functions. The disorders and environmental influences featured in this unit typically affect more than one human body system as to highlight the interdependence between the systems.