Guest Hollow’s High School Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum Book and Resource List

Welcome to the Guest Hollow’s High School Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum Book and Resource List! This list is to give you an idea of what will be needed if you are using Guest Hollow’s High School Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum along with some helpful tips and other information. For details about the curriculum itself please click here.

Guest Hollow's Anatomy Curriculum Books

Literature-based anatomy that’s engaging and fun!

In order to use Guest Hollow’s High School Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum, you will need to obtain the scheduled books and other items separately. You may be able to borrow many for FREE from your local library! Check out the F.A.Q. below for tips on how to save money when using a literature-based curriculum.

Every purchase comes with a printable book list!

Every purchase of Guest Hollow’s High School Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum comes with a FREE printable book list to help you with your planning and shopping.

The printable version of the book list features:

  • The ISBN number and author’s name
    You can make sure your copy of the book matches the one in the schedule.
  • Notification of when each book or item is used
    You can plan ahead when to check out books from the library. Books used throughout the year are marked “multiple weeks,” so you can decide whether you want to purchase them vs. borrow them.
  • Checklists for planning
    A handy checklist helps you plan if you are going to buy or borrow a book. It can also help you choose the format of your books (physical copy, e-book, or audio book).
  • Consumables are marked
    You’ll get advance notice of which items are consumable, so you’ll know what you may need to purchase and how many copies you may want to get if you are using the curriculum with multiple students.

Here’s an example of the printable book list:

Keep scrolling to see the full online book list (below the F.A.Q. on this page).

We’ve scheduled in lots of colorful, fact-filled, interesting and engaging books for this year’s anatomy study! Before taking a look at the books and resources, we’ve addressed some common questions:

Book and Resource F.A.Q.

No. Depending on your student, the time you have available, your budget, and other factors, you can cull some of the books without hurting the program.  

You can also use substitutes from your own home or local library. For example: There is a scheduled book about drugs and alcohol. If you can’t obtain that book, you can substitute another book about the same topic. Keep in mind that the scheduled books were all hand-picked for their content, presentation, and reading pace.

Some books are marked “unscheduled.” These books are optional and are not featured in the curriculum schedule. They are intended to potentially enhance your studies, and you can fit them in whenever you have the time for them (or ignore them completely, if you wish).

We were once homeschoolers, and we know what it’s like living on a budget. We wrote a blog post to help you SAVE MONEY when using a literature-based curriculum. In the post you’ll find handy tips on where to get books, what subscriptions can help out, what some libraries offer for free, where our customers go for used books, and how to find books our customers are selling when they are done. Take a look:

How to Save Money When Using a Literature-Based Curriculum

Our customers frequently resell their used Guest Hollow homeschool curriculum books on our Facebook Groups. Here’s a list of groups you can join and post in! We encourage you to try and recoup some of your investment in books when you are done by posting them for sale in our groups.

You may NOT resell, share, or distribute any of Guest Hollow’s digital products (or printed out copies of our digital products) which includes but is not limited to schedules, workbooks, printables, and other materials.

Every student’s reading ability and interest differs. If you have a reluctant reader or a student whose reading skills are not fully developed, you can do some of the following things:

  • Read books out loud
    You can read some or all of the books to or with your student. This is a terrific way to participate in what s/he is learning, too! Our children loved read-alouds, even in high school.
  • Use audiobooks
    Audiobooks can be obtained from or a variety of other places. There are some benefits to using audiobooks. They can be listened to in the car, during lunch, while doing chores, while keeping hands occupied (knitting, coloring, etc.), and other times when print books don’t work as well.
  • Don’t overwhelm
    It may not be the best choice to do more than one literature-based program at a time with a student who doesn’t like reading. Don’t be surprised if this reluctant attitude toward reading changes during the course of the program, though. Many of our customers have told us their reluctant readers learned to love reading using our curriculum!

You’ll have to check your local requirements since every state and college is different. Don’t forget to research your local requirements and consult the local experts in your area!

When we were teaching my kids, we usually had what we thought of as a “core” curriculum (science, geography, or history). Because these programs were so literature-rich, we didn’t do a separate literature course. This enhanced my children’s retention and enjoyment of the material they were learning, since their reading assignments complimented their studies. Of course our kids also did plenty of reading in their free time as well!

Guest Hollow’s High School Anatomy Curriculum covers a lot of different types of information. We think the BEST curriculums are those that are multidisciplinary. We believe subjects don’t exist in a vacuum, so we like to tie different subjects together, when possible, to expand students’ understanding of specific topics or things they encounter in various scheduled books and/or videos.

Additional credits could possibly be earned for literature and health.

Don’t forget to research your local requirements and consult the local experts in your area! We are in NO way advising what credits you should assign. You are ultimately responsible for researching this topic and deciding what will work for you and your family based on your local requirements, future plans, college requirements, and other considerations.
Thank You,
The Guest Family
© Guest Hollow, LLC

Warning! Preview all materials! I strongly recommend you preview all items to see if they are appropriate for your student. Every family is different in what they find offensive! Additional notes about some of the books are in the descriptions below.

Books and Items
Choose one of the following.
I have scheduled BOTH textbook options in the curriculum schedule. I chose option two with my son.
You can look at the Amazon previews to see which option is most appropriate for your student.
Anatomy & Physiology Made Incredibly Easy
Anatomy & Physiology Made Incredibly Easy!
Note: A 6th edition has come out. We will schedule it in sometime in 2024.

I chose this book for Guest Hollow’s High School Anatomy Curriculum because it’s friendly and helps students practice and retain what they are learning. It’s just right for high school students and does make learning anatomy fairly easy! It also comes in an e-book format. I like the e-book format because you can touch words for an instant definition while reading. The softcover version is easier to browse through, though.

The 5th edition comes with a scratch-off code in the front (inside cover) that gives you access to student resources. The student resources are workbook style pages and games that review the textbook material. Answers are provided.
The activities are in PDF format, ready for you to print out for free.

*WARNING: This book contains nudity- both male and female. The nudity is depicted via 3-D style illustrations and does show detail, although in a scientific type of style. You will have to decide if this is appropriate for your students or not.
Anatomy and Physiology Made Incredibly Visual!
Anatomy and Physiology Made Incredibly Visual!

Do you have a student who is overwhelmed by textbooks and needs an easier option, or wants to spend more time with the other scheduled reading material? This book covers the same material as textbook option one but in a highly visual and a much more simplified manner.

It is perfect (in my opinion) for a visual learner. It’s also great for the student who may be overwhelmed by the complex vocabulary in the other book or who wants to focus more on the extra resources (books, videos, etc.) and less on a textbook.

There is a scratch off code in the front of this book that gives you one free year of digital access to the entire text online.
Brown Paper School book: Blood and Guts
Note: This book mentions evolution in one place and has a few non-detailed drawings that depict nudity.

This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Blood and Guts

An e-book version of this book is available to check out for FREE at

This fun book integrates lots of experiments and activities with lots of information about the human body. Many of this year’s labs come from this book, so don’t skip it! Some of the activities are very simple and easy to do with a minimum of supplies, while others are more involved like dissections. All 3 of my kids enjoyed this book. In my opinion, the activities are appropriate for elementary school through high school!

Choose 1 of the following 2 books:
Human Anatomy Coloring Book
Book 1: Human Anatomy Coloring Book: an Entertaining and Instructive Guide to the Human Body – Bones, Muscles, Blood, Nerves and How They Work

This book is free at the Open Library.

This book is also scheduled in our Jr. Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum.

Note: This book features the internal structures of reproductive parts. Exterior breasts are shown (like a cartoon style drawing).

The Human Anatomy Coloring Book is an affordable anatomy class. This easy learning study aid contains careful, scientifically accurate line renderings of the body’s organs and major systems: skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, nervous, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, and skin.
Hundreds of specialized organs, bones, muscles, nerve fibers, blood vessels, and other anatomical features can be absorbed and understood by means of an ingenious format: a coloring book that can help mature children and adult colorists learn anatomy. It is an excellent educational tool for EMT, medical and nursing students, homeschoolers, biology teachers for classroom learning, and anyone interested in studies of the human body and its anatomy.
Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book
Book 2: Netter’s Anatomy Coloring Book

An older version of this book is free at the Open Library.

Note: This book features realistic illustrated nudity and the structures of reproductive parts.

This is a college level book. It’s total overkill for students who just want an understanding of the basics. If that is the case, we recommend the book to the left. However, if you have a motivated student who REALLY wants to go in depth and work on memorizing/learning anatomy, this is a better choice.

Reinforce your knowledge of structures, pathways, and relationships with this active and engaging review tool! This comprehensive book is a fun and easy way to trace arteries, veins, and nerves through their courses and bifurcations, reinforce your understanding of muscle origins and insertions, and develop a better understanding of the integration of individual organs in the workings of each body system throughout the human form. Whether you are taking an anatomy course or just curious about how the body works, you’ll learn and master anatomy with ease. 
Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook
Note: This book contains multiple, detailed pen and ink drawings of anatomy (breasts, vaginal area, penis, etc.). These drawings are in a line drawing style and in a medical context. Chapter 20 discusses family planning and gives information about condoms, “pulling out”, etc. On p. 293 (in chapter 20) the book talks about oral and anal sex in the context that neither causes pregnancy.
The book also discusses STD’s, AIDS, and drug use.
Pages 416-417 discuss abortion in a pro-abortion manner. There is also the comment: “…there are almost no deaths or problems from abortion.” which doesn’t discuss the death of the unborn child.
If you have a younger student, you may want to cherry pick the chapters to read depending on their maturity and what your family feels comfortable viewing/discussing.

Where There Is No Doctor

There are so many practical things you can learn from this book! It’s highly visual with many drawings and very easy to understand text. This is a great book for any student interested in the medical or mission field, or just for basic first aid, health, and medicine type information.

You can download this amazing book for FREE as a PDF.

I kept this book even after we were done homeschooling!

The Cartoon Guide to Genetics
Note: There are some adult humor/references as well as evolution mentioned. This book also takes about the Bible story of Jacob and Laban and interprets the story as Jacob using “fertility magic” when he stripped the bark from willow rods and set them near the watering hole.

This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Biology Curriculum.
The Cartoon Guide to Genetics

This book is FREE at the OpenLibrary.

This book takes a complex subject and makes it much more understandable in a cartoon / comic-book style
Note: There is some adult content in this book.
Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives–and Our Lives Change Our Genes

“Award-winning physician and New York Times bestselling author Sharon Moalem, MD, PhD, reveals how genetic breakthroughs are completely transforming our understanding of both the world and our lives.

Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. But Dr. Moalem’s ground-breaking book shows us that the human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than your ninth-grade biology teacher ever imagined. By bringing us to the bedside of his unique and complex patients, he masterfully demonstrates what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being
MicroscopeCompound microscope

If you want to view the microscope slide sets, you’ll need a microscope. You can choose any compound microscope from the link above (or any other source). It should be a microscope capable of at least 40x-1000x magnification. The microscopes in the $90+ range are probably adequate. This one has decent reviews and looks like it would do the job:
We’ve not used it personally, though. 😉

This is the microscope our family owns: Sonlight Ultra Microscope. However, it’s quite pricey.
Anatomy slide setAnatomy microscope slide set

“Study human anatomy with this set of 16 high-quality, hand-prepared microscope slides. Survey the major tissues and organs of the body and study the details of cells. The set comes in a plastic storage box.”
Pathology slide setHuman pathology microscope slide set 

“This set contains 12 research-quality prepared tissue microscope slides of human diseases.”
Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist
Note: There are a lot of factual descriptions of different ways of dying, suicides, etc. Pages 82-84 (chapter 6) talks about death from autoerotic asphyxiation. Preview! This may not be an appropriate book for sensitive or younger students. Some families may not feel comfortable with some of the material.
Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist

“From a skeleton, a skull, a mere fragment of burnt thighbone, Dr. William Maples can deduce the age, gender, and ethnicity of a murder victim, the manner in which the person was dispatched, and, ultimately, the identity of the killer.  In Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Dr. Maples revisits his strangest, most interesting, and most horrific investigations, from the baffling cases of conquistador Francisco Pizarro and Vietnam MIAs to the mysterious deaths of President Zachary Taylor and the family of Czar Nicholas II.”
Guinea Pig Scientists
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine

“It was August 27, 1885. In a hospital in Lima, Peru, a student named Daniel Carrión was preparing to infect himself with a dreaded disease . . . He had a small, sharp lancet ready . . . Carrión’s friends and teacher from the medical school thought it was a bad idea. They knew Carrión was eager to learn more about this mysterious disease.
But were the risks worth it?

Science and medicine from the inside out-ten engrossing stories of self-experimentation
Who are these “guinea pig scientists”? Searching for clues to some of science’s and medicine’s bigger (and sometimes stranger) questions, they are all the men and women who devoted their lives to help find the answers. Spanning from the 1770s to the present–and uncovering the science behind digestion, the spread of yellow fever, the development of the first heart catheter, and more–their ten stories are at once scientifically detailed and fascinatingly personal.”
The Theory of Everything
Note: Stephen Hawking had ALS, a condition that first brings muscle weakness, then wasting and then paralysis. This is a movie about him and his first wife. Christian families may wish to discuss Stephen’s atheism.

Click here for the Common Sense Media rating.
The Theory of Everything

“Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this is the extraordinary story of love between the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and his tireless first wife Jane. “
Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
Note: This book mentions evolution.
Brain Rules

My son couldn’t put this book down! It’s a very accessible and interesting read.

“Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best.

How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that men and women have different brains?

In Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

Medina’s fascinating stories and infectious sense of humor breathe life into brain science. You’ll learn why Michael Jordan was no good at baseball. You’ll peer over a surgeon’s shoulder as he proves that most of us have a Jennifer Aniston neuron. You’ll meet a boy who has an amazing memory for music but can’t tie his own shoes.
Sheep brain
This kit is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Sheep brain (Kit)

“Study mammal anatomy with this preserved sheep brain specimen (cranial nerves attached)! Through dissection, students will observe external & internal brain structures, such as the corpus callosum, pituitary gland & more.”
The Secret Life of the Brain
This series is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
The Secret Life of the Brain

“A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. Narrated by Blair Brown and directed by David Grubin, this series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary, and cutting-edge animation. Viewers learn startling new truths about the brain as they journey inside about this complicated organ.”
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science

An e-book version of this book is available to check out for FREE at

“Phineas Gage was truly a man with a hole in his head. Phineas, a railroad construction foreman, was blasting rock near Cavendish, Vermont, in 1848 when a thirteen-pound iron rod was shot through his brain. Miraculously, he survived to live another eleven years and become a textbook case in brain science.”
Blind Courage
Note: This is a Christian book.
Blind Courage

“The story of a blind man, Bill Irwin, who, with his dog, Orient, hiked the 2100 miles of the treacherous Appalachian Trail. The journey was made as a testimony to the God whom Irwin believed had turned his shattered life around. It is an account of Irwin’s faith, perseverance and will to survive.”
Cow Eye Dissection Kit
This kit is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Cow Eye Kit

“This Cow Eye Dissection Kit gives an inside view of how the eye works. It comes with all the tools you need for this activity.”
How to Really Fool Yourself: Illusions for All Your Senses
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
How to Really Fool Yourself: Illusions for All Your Senses

This book contains over 70 activities and is a fun read. Even a high schooler should enjoy it. We had fun playing with this book!

“Fans of Vicki Cobb’s unique blend of humor, science, and hands-on activities will have tons of fun with How to Really Fool Yourself. Kids won’t be able to believe their eyes–not to mention their ears, noses, hands, and tongues! Packed with all-new illustrations and a delightful new design, this book features over 70 activities to fool all five senses. Each illusion is followed by a fascinating “Why You’re Fooled” section that explains the science and history behind the “magic.””
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer

“When she was just two years old, Laura Bridgman lost her sight, her hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. At the time, no one believed a child with such severe disabilities could be taught to communicate, much less lead a full and productive life. But then a progressive doctor, who had just opened the country’s first school for the blind in Boston, took her in. Laura learned to communicate, read, and write—and eventually even to teach. By the age of 12, she was world famous.”
Deaf Like MeDeaf Like Me

An e-book version of this book is available to check out for FREE at

“Deaf Like Me is the moving account of parents coming to terms with their baby girl’s profound deafness. The love, hope, and anxieties of all hearing parents of deaf children are expressed here with power and simplicity. In the epilogue, Lynn Spradley as a teenager reflects upon being deaf, her education, her struggle to communicate, and the discovery that she was the focus of her father’s and uncle’s book. At once moving and inspiring, Deaf Like Me is must reading for every parent, relative, and friend of deaf children everywhere.”
Sound and FurySound and Fury

This is a great documentary. I learned a lot from it!
Sheep Heart Dissection Kit
This kit is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Sheep Heart Dissection Kit

“Learn how the heart works as you locate the internal parts with this complete dissection set.”

Ryan White: My Own StoryRyan White: My Own Story

An e-book version of this book is available to check out for FREE at

This is the courageous story of Ryan White, a boy who was born with hemophilia and contracted AIDS from a contaminated blood transfusion.
Blood Type Eldoncard Typing Test Kit
This kit is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Eldoncard Blood Type Test Kit

We enjoyed this kit!

Please note: You do have to prick your skin to get a drop of blood. The lancet is so sharp that we hardly felt it. If you have a squeamish kid, you’ll probably want to skip this activity.

“This single-use blood type test kit contains everything needed to perform a complete blood test at home for ABO and Rh. It’s a quick way to identify your blood type.”
Alex: The Life of a Child
Alternate book: Breath from Salt: A Deadly Genetic Disease, a New Era in Science, and the Patients and Families Who Changed Medicine Forever
Alex: The Life of a Child

This book is available to check out for FREE at

“In 1971 a girl named Alex was born with cystic fibrosis, a degenerative genetic lung disease. Although health-care innovations have improved the life span of CF patients tremendously over the last four decades, the illness remains fatal.

Award-winning author Frank Deford, celebrated primarily as a sportswriter, was also a budding novelist and biographer at the time of his daughter’s birth. Deford kept a journal of Alex’s courageous stand against the disease, documenting his family’s struggle to cope with and celebrate the daily fight she faced. This book is the result of that journal.

Alex relives the events of those eight years: moments as heartwarming as when Alex recorded herself saying “I love you” so her brother could listen to her whenever he wanted, and as heartrending as the young girl’s tragic, dawning realization of her own very tenuous mortality, and her parents’ difficulty in trying to explain why.

Though Alex is a sad story, it is also one of hope; her greatest wish was that someday a cure would be found. Deford has written a phenomenal memoir about an extraordinary little girl.”
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Note: In chapter 11 there is a mention of drug trafficking, putting drug packets into cavities, and some homosexual behavior is mentioned. Everything is presented in a scientific manner, but you may want to do that chapter as a read-aloud and skip over those parts.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

““America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask.”
Everybody Poops 410 Pounds a Year: An Illustrated Bathroom Companion for Grown-UpsEverybody Poops 410 Pounds a Year

ONCE UPON A TIME . . . when you were little, you learned that everyone poops. But did you ever discover how much? Well, sit down on that cold porcelain throne and get ready to laugh your butt off at the most amazing, hilarious, need-to-go facts on the one thing everyone does–but nobody talks about. Filled to the rim with piles of fascinating dirty fun, this illustrated kids’ book for grown-ups answers all the questions you never thought to ask:

• How do astronauts poop in space?
• Where does poop go after you flush?
• Why can I see the corn but not the chicken?
• Can I light my poop on fire?
• Who invented the first flushing toilet?
Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
This book is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food

“When Eric Schlosser’s best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, was published for adults in 2001, many called for his groundbreaking insight to be shared with young people. Now Schlosser, along with co-writer Charles Wilson, has investigated the subject further, uncovering new facts children need to know.

In Chew On This, they share with kids the fascinating and sometimes frightening truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken ‘nugget’ really is, and how the fast food industry has been feeding off children for generations.”
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked UsSalt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

“Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food, an industry that hauls in $1 trillion in annual sales. In Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we ended up here. Featuring examples from Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, Oreos, Capri Sun, and many more, Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, eye-opening research. He takes us into labs where scientists calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages, unearths marketing techniques taken straight from tobacco company playbooks, and talks to concerned insiders who make startling confessions. Just as millions of “heavy users” are addicted to salt, sugar, and fat, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.”
Sheep kidney
This kit is also scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Sheep Kidney Dissection Kit

“With a Sheep Kidney Dissection, learn how kidneys work as you locate the internal parts. Get all you need for a dissection lab: preserved sheep kidney, illustrated dissection guide, #22 scalpel, and dissecting tray.”
Choose one of the following.

I bought The Magic School Bus: The World of Germs Kit for my homeschool. It was less expensive, and the experiments were appropriate for any age (in my opinion).

These kits are also featured in Guest Hollow’s Biology Curriculum and are scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum.
Bacteria Growing Kit
Bacteria Growing Kit
The Magic School Bus The World of Germs Kit
The Magic School Bus: The World of Germs Kit
The Gift of Pain
Note: This is a Christian book. This book doesn’t shrug from graphic medical details like a toddler who can’t feel pain painting her crib with her own blood after chewing her own fingers. A very squeamish student may not feel comfortable with some of the descriptions.
The Gift of Pain

“A WORLD WITHOUT PAIN? Can such a place exist? It not only can―it does. But it’s no utopia. It’s a colony for leprosy patients: a world where people literally feel no pain, and reap horrifying consequences. His work with leprosy patients in India and the United States convinced Dr. Paul Brand that pain truly is one of God’s great gifts to us. In this inspiring story of his fifty-year career as a healer, Dr. Brand probes the mystery of pain and reveals its importance. As an indicator that lets us know something is wrong, pain has a value that becomes clearest in its absence. The Gift of Pain looks at what pain is and why we need it. Together, the renowned surgeon and award-winning writer Philip Yancey shed fresh light on a gift that none of us want and none of us can do without.”
Good Germs, Bad GermsGood Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World

“Public sanitation and antibiotic drugs have brought about historic increases in the human life span; they have also unintentionally produced new health crises by disrupting the intimate, age-old balance between humans and the microorganisms that inhabit our bodies and our environment. As a result, antibiotic resistance now ranks among the gravest medical problems of modern times. Good Germs, Bad Germs tells the story of what went terribly wrong in our war on germs. It also offers a hopeful look into a future in which antibiotics will be designed and used more wisely, and beyond that to a day when we may replace antibacterial drugs and cleansers with bacterial ones.”
A Paralyzing FearA Paralyzing Fear

“First appearing in the United States in 1916, the disease crippled tens of thousands of children every summer until it was finally eradicated by the Salk vaccine beginning in 1954. Every baby boomer remembers the terror of the polio epidemic and the thrill when the vaccine was discovered.”
American Experience - Influenza 1918American Experience Influenza 1918

“As the nation mobilized for war in the spring of 1918, ailing Private Albert Gitchell reported to an army hospital in Kansas. He was diagnosed with the flu, a disease about which doctors knew little. Before the year was out, America would be ravaged by a flu epidemic that killed 675,000 people–more than died in all the wars of this century combined–before disappearing as mysteriously as it began. “
Parasites: Tales of Humanity's Most Unwelcome Guests
Note: This book mentions evolution.
Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests

“Hidden away within living tissues, parasites are all around us–and inside us. Yet, despite their unsavory characteristics, as we find in this compulsively readable book, parasites have played an enormous role in civilizations through time and around the globe. Parasites: Tales of Humanity’s Most Unwelcome Guests puts amoebae, roundworms, tapeworms, mites, and others at the center of the action as human cultures have evolved and declined. It shows their role in exploration, war, and even terrorist plots, often through an unpredictable ripple effect. It reveals them as invisible threats in our food, water, and luggage; as invaders that have shaped behaviors and taboos; and as unexpected partners in such venues as crime scene investigations. Parasites also describes their evolution and life histories and considers their significant benefits. Deftly blending the sociological with the scientific, this natural and social history of parasites looks closely at a fascinating, often disgusting group of organisms and discovers that they are in fact an integral thread in the web of life.”

This novel is a Michael Crichton-style thriller that is firmly anchored in real-life science and technology!

“A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite — a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system — even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.” 
Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol
Note: This book tries really hard to be cool (in my opinion) and just seems kind of overdone to me. My family isn’t into being “cool”. However, it’s the only anti-drug book for teens I could find that is specifically Christian. The graphic, magazine style may appeal to your kids, and the message is sound.
Buzz: A Graphic Reality Check for Teens Dealing With Drugs and Alcohol

“Life is tough. You’ve got questions. You’ve got choices…and the results are yours to live with. So go ahead—do a little investigating and discover the answers for yourself. The graphically captivating books in the FlipSwitch series are the real deal. They unashamedly tackle pressing issues that you face every day. After pinpointing God’s solution, they offer practical steps that will help you take your life in the right direction…without a doubt.”
The Deadly Dinner Party: and Other Medical Detective StoriesThe Deadly Dinner Party: and Other Medical Detective Stories

” Award-winning author Jonathan Edlow, M.D., shows the doctor as detective and the epidemiologist as elite sleuth in stories that are as gripping as the best thrillers.
In these stories a notorious stomach bug turns a suburban dinner party into a disaster that almost claims its host; a diminutive woman routinely eats more than her football-playing boyfriend but continually loses weight; a young executive is diagnosed with lung cancer, yet the tumors seem to wax and wane inexplicably. Written for the lay person who wishes to better grasp how doctors decipher the myriad clues and puzzling symptoms they often encounter, each story presents a very different case where doctors must work to find the accurate diagnosis before it is too late.”
Choose one of the following.
Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives
Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives (for GIRLS)

Dr. Laura has a lot of very practical and blunt advice that could be helpful to your teens as they approach adulthood. Lots of stuff to think about and discuss in this book! Highly recommended!
Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives
Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives (for BOYS)

I had my son read this book! Great advice and plenty to think about / discuss! Highly recommended!
How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved
Note: Recommended for all older teen girls. This book could be life-changing. Preview for appropriateness (sexual content, etc.).
How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved (for GIRLS)

“This savvy, straightforward book pairs real women’s stories with research and the expertise of a domestic violence counselor to help women of all ages identify Dangerous Men — before they become too involved.

Brown describes eight types of Dangerous Men, their specific traits and characteristics. In separate chapters, she explores victim’s stories that tell how they came in contact with this type of Dangerous Man and their outcome. Brown then shows readers how to develop a Defense Strategy — how to spot, avoid, or rid themselves of this type of Dangerous Man.

Brown explains women’s innate “red flag” systems — how they work to signal impending danger, and why many women learn to ignore them. With red flags in hand, Brown then guides readers through their own personal experiences to develop a personalized “Do Not Date” list. With these tools, Brown shows women how they can spot and avoid patterns of engagement with Dangerous Men.” 
Abuse OF men BY women: It happens, it hurts, and it's time to get real about it
Note: This book has sexual content. The content isn’t graphic, but it is very frank. Preview.
Abuse OF men BY women: It happens, it hurts, and it’s time to get real about it (for BOYS)

“”It Happens, It Hurts” describes what abuse OF men BY women looks like, why women do it, how we are supporting and encouraging women to abuse men, how men get pulled into these dysfunctional relationships, why they stay, the impact of abusive or manipulative women have on men, and what can be done about it.

This book arms men with the information they need to avoid getting hooked into relationships with abusive or manipulative women.”
Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery UnitPBS: Twice Born

“Step inside the newest medical frontier of fetal surgery with an intimate look at the Special Delivery Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where a courageous group of doctors and patients take on the challenges of operations done on babies still inside their mother’s wombs. Witness real-time footage of fetal operations, and meet expecting parents as they face gut-wrenching decisions.”
The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence
Note: I recommend you preview this book to see if it’s appropriate for your student.
The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence

“True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.

A date won’t take “no” for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.

In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation’s leading expert on violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger—before it’s too late.

Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including…how to act when approached by a stranger…when you should fear someone close to you…what to do if you are being stalked…how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls…the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person…and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.”
Sex Has a Price Tag: Discussions about Sexuality, Spirituality, and Self Respect
Sex Has a Price Tag: Discussions about Sexuality, Spirituality, and Self Respect

This book is optional. You can use it or another purity book (if that is what your family believes in). We have read through a variety of purity books. This one is easy to read but very frank and covers some pretty sensitive topics. Please preview it first to make sure it’s appropriate for your child.

This is a Christian resource. If you are a secular parent, you may want to find a book that discusses teen sexuality and agrees with your family’s principles.
Glo-Germ kitGlo Germ Mini Handwashing Kit

My family had fun using this product to learn about germs! In link to a PDF of Glo-Germ experiments in the schedule.
The Miracle WorkerThe Miracle Worker
“Helen Keller comes under the tutelage of an amazing teacher.”

“Helen Keller comes under the tutelage of an amazing teacher.”
Thames & Kosmos Genetics & DNAThames & Kosmos Genetics and DNA Kit

Learn the basics of genetics and DNA with this optional kit. The kit comes with several experiments, a 48-page full color experiment manual, and a DNA model you can build. The recommended age is 10-15, so older students may want to skip it, unless they love hands-on activities.

View the manual here.
sterile nutrient agar prepared platesNutrient Agar, Prepared Media Plates
Sterile swabs (2 packages)

These prepared agar plates are for a microbiome experiment.
The Art of Drawing Optical Illusions: How to draw mind-bending illusions and three-dimensional trick art in graphite and colored pencil The Art of Drawing Optical Illusions: How to draw mind-bending illusions and three-dimensional trick art in graphite and colored pencil

This book is perfect for a beginning artist to work with while learning about optical illusions!

“Optical illusions are like magic tricks of the art world. They may look difficult to create, but with just a little bit of guidance, they can be easily achieved. Jonathan Stephen Harris guides you step-by-step in creating mind-blowing pencil drawings, starting with basic optical illusions and progressing to more challenging ones. From impossible shapes to three-dimensional sketches and trick art, you won’t believe your eyes as you learn to draw optical illusions in graphite and colored pencil.”
The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions
This book is also scheduled in our physics curriculum.
The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions

“Prepare to be amazed! Inside the covers of this incredible, colorful collection are hundreds of the world’s most powerful optical illusions. They’re beautiful to behold, and stunning in their trickery. Some of the mind-boggling images seem to spring into action, vibrating, pulsing, and spinning like a hula-hoop. Other ambiguous illusions feature two subjects in one: the fun is in finding them both in the single picture—including a mouse playing hide-and-seek in a cat’s face and a strange desert mirage where palm trees imperceptibly morph into camels. And still more, like “The Impossible Terrace,” which couldn’t exist off the page: just try to figure out if you’re viewing the space from above or below. Every one is astonishing”
UNSCHEDULED BOOKS – These books are intended to be read throughout the year in whatever order you wish. They are optional, but will enhance your anatomy study and make topics come alive in ways that a textbook can’t.

Read one book and when you are done, read the next one (again – in whatever order you wish).
The Genesis of Germs
Note: This is a Christian book.
The Genesis of Germs

Click here for a : FREE study guide

“As the world waits in fear, the CDC and world health organizations race to minimize the current pandemic – a looming threat that has forced international, federal, and local governments to deal with COVID19 and other future epidemics, and the widespread death and devastation which would follow. Will the world find the answers in time? Or will we see a deadly threat ravage populations as others have before in 1918 with influenza, in the late 18th century with yellow fever, or the horrific “black death” or bubonic plague in 1347 AD?
Are these [viruses] examples of evolution? …Did God make microbes by mistake? Are they accidents of evolution, out of the primordial soup? These timely questions are examined throughout this book.”
The Cobra Event: A Novel

Note: This book contains some cursing.
The Cobra Event

“The Cobra Event is set in motion one spring morning in New York City, when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill. Hours later she is having violent seizures, blood is pouring out of her nose, and she has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. Soon, other gruesome deaths of a similar nature have been discovered, and the Centers for Disease Control sends a forensic pathologist to investigate. What she finds precipitates a federal crisis.

The details of this story are fictional, but they are based on a scrupulously thorough inquiry into the history of biological weapons and their use by civilian and military terrorists. Richard Preston’s sources include members of the FBI and the United States military, public health officials, intelligence officers in foreign governments, and scientists who have been involved in the testing of strategic bioweapons. The accounts of what they have seen and what they expect to happen are chilling.”
Fantastic Voyage: A Novel
Fantastic Voyage

“Four men and a woman are reduced to a microscopic fraction of their original size, sent in a miniaturized atomic sub through a dying man’s carotid artery to destroy a blood clot in his brain. If they fail, the entire world will be doomed.”
Fever 1793
Fever 1793

“During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.

Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.”
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
Note: This book graphically describes what happens to people when they get the Ebola virus. Other warnings: curse words, mention of a prostitute, killing of animals, etc.
The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

“A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.”
Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story
Gifted Hands

Inspiring! There is also a kid’s version of this book which would be appropriate for younger students or a student who just wants a quick read.

“Dr. Ben Carson is known around the world for breakthroughs in neurosurgery that have brought hope where no hope existed. In Gifted Hands, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions at age thirty-three.”
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Note: This book contains cursing and graphic content regarding an abusive situation.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

I have had parents tell me how this book really resonated with them and their students. Be aware that it definitely has adult content in it.

“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.”
The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease
The Woman with a Worm in Her Head: And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease

“Even the most innocuous everyday activities such as eating a salad for lunch, getting bitten by an insect, and swimming in the sea bring human beings into contact with dangerous, often deadly microorganisms. In The Woman with a Worm in Her Head, Dr. Pamela Nagami reveals-through real-life cases-the sobering facts about some of the world’s most horrific diseases: the warning signs, the consequences, treatments, and most compellingly, what it feels like to make medical and ethical decisions that can mean the difference between life and death. “
Unscheduled Videos
Brain GamesNote: We did NOT watch all the episodes as a family. The Common Sense Media parent reviews mention some objectionable material (hence the TV 14 rating). The ones we watched were family-friendly, so I am not sure which episodes may be questionable. Proceed with caution for younger students.
Brain Games Streaming on Amazon

My son loved the Brain Games series. They are a lot of fun and very interesting. The best part? You get to be a participant in some of the experiments as you watch! Our family has had a lot of fun with this show.

Watch whatever you’d like from the following:

Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Pinecone hedgehog

The terrific materials listed above are for Guest Hollow’s High School Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum!
Thank You,
The Guest Family
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Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum

Guest Hollow’s High School Human Anatomy and Health Curriculum


Most anatomy curriculums are comprised of thick, boring textbooks with a handful of labs. Our anatomy curriculum has TWO engaging textbook options, loads of great books, fun labs, fascinating videos and even online games and free printables scheduled in. It’s meaty enough to be a “core” curriculum, and flexible enough to be reduced to the bare bones (har-har!), if you already have a daily schedule that is weighing your student down.

Save money and purchase the anatomy bundle if you’d like to teach anatomy to multiple ages!

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