The Human Body

The human body is more than just bones and muscles. Each human body is built up from 12 major systems that govern all bodily functions from breathing to digesting.

By exploring the human body, doctors and researchers can better determine how to treat and prevent sickness, injury, and disease.


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Places To Go

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
The edition of Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings-many in color-from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn. 
Human Anatomy Online
An excellent resource for information on the human body. The web site is organized into 10 body systems and has some great animations and clear explanations.

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People To See

All About Sweat
Talk with scientists who are exploring new ways to study the human body. A process called chromatography breaks down chemical mixtures into their different ingredients. Since sweat is chemical mixture, scientists are busy learning about human perspiration. Humans can actually produce up to 3.2 quarts of sweat in one day!
Pioneers of Heart Surgery
Read stories about pioneers in the world of heart medicine.
What It's Like to be Color Blind
See the people who developed the test for color blindness. Red-green color blindness is an inherited condition; the gene that controls the ability to see different colors is located on the X chromosome.
Who Had the Most Children in the World?
Meet Mrs. Fyodor Vassilyev who lived in the 1700s in Russia. (No one knows her first name). She was a medical marvel, and her human body did something that no other body has ever done. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets for a total of 69 children.
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
Meet Wilhelm Roentgen. He was a German scientist who discovered X-rays. X-rays pass through soft body tissue but have difficulty passing through hard parts such as bones. So exposing the human body to X-rays produces an image of the bones inside.
Yawning...And Why Yawns Are Contagious
One reason that we yawn is because we need more oxygen. When we are in a pattern of taking too many shallow breaths, there is insufficient airflow to our lungs. This causes an increase in the level of carbon dioxide in the blood which is normally expelled by expiration, or breathing out. All of these factors can contribute to the urge to yawn which will provide us with more oxygen and help us blow our excess carbon dioxide.
Your Bones
Have a chat with a skeleton hanging in a spooky closet and explore the 206 bones in the human body. Men and women’s bones are different. Male bones are broader at the ends, and the bony ridge at the top of the head is larger in males. Females have wider pelvic bones than a male. The bones of an adult female weight about 10 pounds, and the bones of an adult male weight about 12 pounds.
Your Teeth
Pay a visit to a dentist to explore the value of teeth. Our teeth are the hardest parts of our bodies---harder than our bones. Chewing food with our teeth begins the digestive process. Learn all about incisors, canines, and molars and how to keep these important parts of the human body clean and free from plaque, tartar, and cavities.

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Things To Do

Brainpop Health: All About Your Body and How it Works
This web site about the human body offers interactive quizzes and short movies on diseases, senses, cells, and the various systems of the body.
Cow's Eye Dissection
Virtually dissect a cow’s eye to learn about how human eyes work.
Dental Anatomy
Compare your teeth to the teeth of bats, dogs, cats, rabbits, and other interesting animals.
Compare your skeleton and bones to the bones of other vertebrates.
The Heart: The Engine of Life
A good, easy-to-navigate web site that covers everything you ever wanted to know about the heart and the circulatory system.
The Heart and the Circulatory System
A comprehensive history of scientific discovery relating to the heart as well as a good comparison of the different circulatory systems of animals.
How the Human Eye Works
Learn all about tears and figure out why your nose runs when you cry. These tears flow out along tiny ducts to the outer top part of the eyelid, and then they wash over the eye’s surface with each blink. Used tears drain away through two tiny holes near the inner corner of the eyelids, flow along tear ducts, and end up in a small chamber in the nose. This is why crying also makes our noses run.
Human Skeleton: Label the Bones
Label the major bones in this human skeleton printout.
Neuroscience for Kids
A fun, activity filled site with solid information about the brain and nervous system.

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Teacher Resources

A treasure chest of information about the human brain.


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  • Allison, Linda. Blood and Guts: A Working Guide to Your Own Insides. Little Brown & Company, 1976.
  • Arnold, Nick and Tony De Saulles. Blood, Bones and Body Bits. Scholastic, 1998.
  • Balestrino, Philip and True Kelley. The Skeleton Inside You. HarperTrophy, 1989.
  • Becker, Christine and Dianne O'Quinn Burke. Color Anatomy!: The Human Body from Head to Toe. Lowell House, 1997.
  • Beres, Samantha andMary Bryson. 101 Things Every Kid Should Know About the Human Body. Lowell House, 2000.
  • Berger, Melvin and Paul Meisel. Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn. Harpercollins, 2000.
  • Bruun, Ruth Dowling and Bertel Bruun. The Human Body: Random House Library of Knowledge. Random House, 1982.
  • Cole, Joanna et al. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body. Scholastic, 1990.
  • Hawcock, David. Amazing Pull-Out Pop-Up Body In A Book. DK Publishing, 1997.
  • Kapit, Wynn and Lawrence M. Elson. The Anatomy Coloring Book. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1993.
  • Netter, Frank H. Atlas of Human Anatomy. Novartis Medical Education, 1997.
  • Rohen, Johannes W. and Chihiro Yokochi, Elke Lutjen-Drecoll. Color Atlas of Anatomy: A Photographic Study of the Human Body. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 1998.
  • Showers, Paul and Anne F. Rockwell. What Happens to a Hamburger. HarperTrophy, 1985.
  • Vancleave, Janice Pratt. The Human Body for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun. John Wiley & Sons, 1995.
  • Walker, Richard. 3D Eyewitness: Human Body. DK Publishing, 1999.
  • Wiese, Jim. Head to Toe Science: Over 40 Eye-Popping, Spine-Tingling, Heart-Pounding Activities That Teach Kids About the Human Body. John Wiley & Sons, 2000.