Should students be taught about the potential long-term risks of endocrine disruptors in the environment and what can we do to reduce exposure?
What is the Endocrine System?
Endocrine System is responsible for producing hormones that control growth and development. Hormones are chemical messengers that are released from endocrine glands. Diseases such as diabetes and thyroid problems can arise from irregularities in the endocrine system.
The Endocrine System
Hormones: Hormones are chemicals that are released from endocrine glands and travel through the bloodstream to tissues and organs in the body, where they act as messengers and regulate many body processes. Endocrine Glands: Endocrine glands are special organs of the endocrine system that produce and secrete hormones. Examples of endocrine glands include the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, thyroid gland, and pancreas. Homeostasis: Homeostasis is the process of maintaining a stable internal environment in the body, even when external conditions change. Hormones help to maintain homeostasis by regulating the body’s metabolic processes.
The endocrine system is made up of eight major glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream, including the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, and adrenal glands. Hormones have the power to regulate almost every part of the human body, from our moods to our metabolism. The endocrine system also plays a role in the development and growth of bones, muscles, and other tissues.
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What are the different glands in the endocrine system?
What role do hormones play in the endocrine system?
What have you learned about the endocrine system so far?
How do you think the endocrine system is important for our bodies?
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Question: You work at a medical clinic and have been asked to explain the endocrine system to a 7th grader. How can you best explain the endocrine system? Clues: • The endocrine system is a collection of glands that produce hormones that control and regulate the body's metabolism, growth and development. • Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream to influence cells and organs. • The endocrine system works with the nervous system to regulate the body's hormones. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Create a flowchart to illustrate the endocrine system and explain each part. B. Draw a comic strip that shows how hormones travel through the body.
What is the endocrine system?
- A network of glands that produce hormones
- A network of organs that produce hormones
- A network of nerves that produce hormones
- A network of muscles that produce hormones
What is a hormone?
- A type of nerve cell
- A type of muscle cell
- A type of gland cell
- A type of chemical messenger
Where does the pituitary gland produce hormones?
- The brain
- The heart
- The lungs
- The stomach
What is the function of the thyroid gland?
- Regulate metabolism
- Regulate digestion
- Regulate respiration
- Regulate circulation
Which of the following is NOT a hormone?
Work together in pairs: What is the primary role of the endocrine system in the human body?