Moods, metabolism, reproduction and growth are all controlled by the endocrine system. Each gland secrets hormones like chemical messengers that regulate these process.
Show your kids where they are in the body with these elementary endocrine system worksheets.
The concept of hormones can be difficult to understand but these diagrams are perfect for showing your kids how the organs work.
See the other human body worksheets for more information about the other human body systems.
What does the endocrine system do?
The endocrine system influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodiesKids Health
The hormones are released from the glands into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body to do their work.
Hormone levels can be affected by levels of hormones already in the blood, stress, infection and changes in minerals in the blood.
While in our worksheets you can see most of the endocrine glands, they do not include the pituitary, pineal body or hypothalumus that are all found in the brain.
The thyroid gland is in the front of the neck and is shaped like a bow tie or butterfly. Its hormones control the rate that cells burn fuel for energy and is responsible for the development of the brain and nervous system along with kids’ bone growth.
The two glands sit on top of the kidneys. They are responsible for secreting corticosteroids that maintain salt and water balance, metabolism and sexual development.
It also produces epinephrine that controls the body’s response to stress.
This gland is a part of both the digestive and endocrine system. It makes insulin and glucagon that maintains the blood glucose or sugar levels which are used for the cells’ energy source.
People who are diabetic are not able to produce insulin so they must take a daily shot to add insulin to their bodies so that they can control their sugar levels.
Males’ glands are in their testes and they secrete the hormone testosterone that is responsible for their body changes during puberty and the production of sperm cells.
Female glands are found in the pelvis in the ovaries which produce estrogen and progesterone. They regulate the body’s changes during puberty and their menstrual cycle and are involved in pregnancy.
Recommended Human Body Books
Need more information on the endocrine system? Try one of these amazing human body books. Kids love the visuals in colored resources that can go into better detail.
The Exciting Endocrine System: How Do My Glands Work? (Slim Goodbody’s Body Buddies) by John Burstein (2009-01-01)Anatomy And Physiology: Learning All About You For Kids: Human Body Encyclopedia (Children’s Anatomy & Physiology Books)Atlas Of Human Anatomy: Kids Guide Book: Body Parts for Kids (Children’s Anatomy & Physiology Books)A Journey Through the Human Body
Get both coloring pages of the male and female endocrine systems which show different reproductive glands for each sex.
Coloring pages are great for science lessons because they child must identify the correct organ and then when they are done coloring, they have a visual diagram that they can refer back to when needed.
Recommended Endocrine System Toys
I found this cool endocrine system model which looks very interesting if you’re going to dive deeper into it. And you can’t go wrong with an adrenal gland plushie right?
American Educational Endocrine System Model Activity SetThe Endocrine System Anatomy Adventure: Extrava-glands-zaThundering Thyroid Plush I Heart Guts Endocrine Gland HormoneAdrenal Gland Plush What A Rush I Heart Guts
Download the human endocrine system worksheets below:
See the other activities in my 10 days of Biology Worksheets for Elementary Students series.