The Anatomy of the Kidney and Nephron


This coloring worksheet asks students to color the kidney to identify where structures like the medulla, cortex, renal vessels and ureters are located.   Another image focuses on an individual nephron to identify the glomerulus, proximal and distal tubules, and the Loop of Henle.

This worksheet is intended for advanced students of anatomy.  Students will learn how the glomerulus collects the filtrate and passes it to the proximal tubule where water reabsorption takes place.  

The process of diffusion is revisited as students examine how molecules move from an area of high concentration (blood) to collect in the tubules and then be secreted.

Students are required to color the image according to the included instructions and answer questions about the processes of the kidney and nephron.

A simpler version of a nephron coloring is also available, with less focus on the physiology of the kidneys.  Students simply color and label the parts of the nephron.

Time Required:  30-45 min
Grade Level:  11-12

HS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms 

HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

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