Science of the Body
Introduce students to how the body looks and works with these texts on biology and genetics.
The Nature vs. Nurture Debate
For years, scientists have been debating what causes people to have different personalities-- genetics or environment?
Stress for Success
Alison Pearce Stevens
Many view stress as a burden, but it can also be a useful emotion.
Biometrics: New IDs that are uniquely you
Fingerprint identification may soon be a thing of the past. Using new technology and the science of biometrics, scientists have developed a potentially more advanced way of identifying people.
Where Did I Come From?
The informational text discusses how and why children take on the genetic characteristics of their parents.
Don't Hate on the Trait
This informational text explains how genes and the environment interact to make people the way they are.
Let's See What You're Made Of
This text explores the world of cells, explaining how multicellular and unicellular organisms are composed.
How Do I Look?
The text discusses the influences of nature and nurture on who a person becomes.
Things Get More Complicated When You’re Older
This informational text explains how living things create different types of cells to do different types of work.
Things That Show and Things That Don't
This informational text explains how genes have dominant and recessive alleles that make everyone look different from their parents.
Teenagers Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems
Tori Rodriguez discusses the impact that not getting enough sleep can have on teenagers’ mental health.
Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits
Katherine Harmon discusses the effects of head injuries on the teenage brain.
For Teens, A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep
Meenaskshi Prabhune discusses the amount of sleep teenagers should be get to be at their best.
Concussion: More Than “Getting Your Bell Rung”
Alison Pearce Stevens
Alison Pearce Stevens discusses the extent of the damage athletes can suffer when they experience a concussion.
The Story Behind Your Dreams
Ben Slivnick discusses why humans dream.
What is it about yawning?
Christine Calder discusses what causes us to yawn.
Explainer: What is dopamine?
Bethany Brookshire discusses the importance of dopamine, a chemical in the brain.
What the flu does to your body, and why it makes you feel so awful
Laura Haynes discusses the effects that the flu can have on the body.
Why Paralympic sprinters have trouble with curves
Helen Thompson discusses a study about how physics affects the performance of sprinters with prosthetic legs.