I am working on a curriculum project for students K-University, called Engineering of Everyday Things.
It has lessons and actvities for Analyzing a "Whole (Everyday Thing) and its Parts". This involves describing the Structure and Function of an Object; there are many objects offered for student examples in several lists and picture collections. Some examples are found online as well. Here is a brief and yet very effective video animation produced by the Getty Museum titled: The Structure of a Medieval Manuscript, posted on youtube at:
It demonstrates how books of long ago were handmade on parchment pages and sewn together with a cover and binding technique that is still used today in making books.