Skin: More Than Skin Deep

Contributor: Ann Keeney. Lesson ID: 11595

If you haven't completed the previous lessons in this series, you might still pass by the skin or your teeth! Do teeth have skin? Take this review, try an outdoor experiment, and befriend your skin!


Life Science

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Why do you have skin?

If you have completed the previous Related Lessons (right-hand sidebar) in our Skin series, you know the answer and won't sweat this review!


You know the largest organ in your body is actually on the outside! Your skin is your largest organ, and there is more than meets the eye!

Your skin is made up of many layers: the epidermis (outer layer), the dermis (second layer), and subcutaneous fat, the bottom layer. Each layer serves a purpose in keeping you healthy.

The epidermis, the layer you can see, has many functions:

  • making new skin cells
  • giving skin its color
  • protecting your body

The dermis is into:

  • making sweat
  • helping you feel things
  • growing hair
  • making oil
  • bringing blood to your skin

Subcutaneous fat is expert at:

  • attaching the dermis to your muscles and bones
  • helping the blood vessels and nerve cells
  • controlling your body temperature
  • storing your fat

skin layers

Before moving on to the Got It? section, tell a parent or teacher two facts about each of the three layers of the skin.

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