Human Body Systems

Each of our body systems are interconnected and dependent on each other. Our heart, which is part of our circulatory system, does not beat unless our brain, which is part of our nervous system, tells it to. Our skeletal system is dependent on our digestive system for increase in size and strength. Our muscular system needs our respiratory and circulatory systems to supply energy in the form of oxygen and nutrients. It takes all the systems for human growth and development.

Sample some of the following activities to learn more about human body systems.


Places To Go    People To See    Things To Do    Teacher Resources    Bibliography

Places To Go

The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about human body systems.

The Human Heart
Virtually explore the heart. When you were born, your heart weighed less than an ounce. A human adult's heart weighs about 12 ounces. An elephant's heart weighs about 44 pounds. A blue whale's heart is about the size of a small car and weighs about 1500-1600 pounds!
Yikes! Your Body Up Close
Visit your public or school library and find this book by Mike Janulewicz. This book has amazing close-up photographs of interesting parts of your body. You won't believe what your tastebuds look like up close and personal.

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People To See

Elizabeth Blackwell
Read about the first woman to receive an MD in medicine.
Famous American Doctors
Lists famous American doctors of the 20th century.
Florence Nightingale
Read about this famous nurse.
Joseph Lister
Learn about the Dr. Lister who promoted sterilizing instruments before surgery who helped reducing deaths.
Louis Pasteur
Pasteur's work gave birth to many branches of science including health science.

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Things To Do

BBC: The Human Body
Take a look inside your body and find out about the nervous, circulatory, skeletal, and digestive systems. Click on parts of the body you want more information on and learn all about them.
Famous Left-Handers
Which part of our nervous system decides if we are right or left handed? The last 4 presidents of the United States have been left-handed: Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford! Do you sense a pattern? Are there any presidential candidates for 2000 who are left-handed?
Inner Body: The Skeletal System
Check out this cool skeletal diagram that features all kinds of facts about bones, ligaments, and tendons.
Neuroscience for Kids
Explore the nervous system.
Your Digestive System
Trace your lunch all through your digestive system with information from this site.

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Teacher Resources

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  • Avison, Brigid. I wonder Why I Blink and Other Questions About My Body. New York: Kingfisher Books, c1993.
  • Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body. New York : Scholastic Inc., c1988.
  • Ganeri, Anita. How Do We Know What's Inside Us? Austin, Tex.: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c1995.
  • Hanson, Jeanne K. Your Amazing Body: From Headaches to Sweaty Feet and Everything in Between. New York: Scientific American Books for Young Readers, 1994.
  • Morgan, Sally. The Human Body. New York: Kingfisher, 1996.
  • Parker, Steve. The Human Body. New York: Gloucester Press, 1993.
  • Parsons, Alexandra. An Amazing Machine. New York: Franklin Watts, c1996.
  • Peacock, Graham. The Super Science Book of Our Bodies. New York: Thomson Learning, 1993.
  • Sanders, Pete. Bodyworks. London; New York: Franklin Watts, c1997.
  • Walker, Richard. The Children's Atlas of the Human Body: Actual Size Bones, Muscles, and Organs in Full Color. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, c1994.
  • Williams, Frances. Human Body. New York: DK Pub., 1997.