Human Body

The Human Body is the whole structure of a human which is made up of cells, tissues, organs and systems. Most systems are taught as individual topics but this page contains resources on the human body as a whole, resources on multiple systems or resources that do not fit into any of the systems commonly taught at school. Resources on individual systems and organs can be found in the following topic pages:


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  • All Systems Are Go – Teacher's Domain – interactive where students place the organs from the various systems on the body 
  • Human Biome – Catalyst – 0:54 – 14 July 2011 – a brief cartoon on the microbiome – the foreign but beneficial organisms that lives on or inside our body
  • Interactive Body – BBC – multiple resources on the human body
  • Organs Game – BBC – game where students need to rotate and place organs in the correct locations on the body. Students also learn facts about each organ.
  • Pursuit of Immortality – PBS – interactive timeline looking at some of the breakthroughs and milestones in understanding aging


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  • medicine
  • operations
  • number of cells in the human body – 10 to 100 trillion cells but there are 10 times as many bacteria than there are human cells


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Everyday Life


  • body systems – a basic understanding of the human body is important in maintaining good health – this includes the health of the individual and loved ones such as children, partners, family and even friends
    • circulatory system – transports nutrients, wastes and hormones around the body
    • digestive system – breaks down food to be absorbed and used by the body as building blocks, nutrients and energy
    • endocrine system – produces hormones that act as distant chemical messengers
    • excretory system – several systems (urinary, digestive, respiratory, integumentary) involved in the removal of wastes from the body
    • immune system – fights infection and disease
    • integumentary system (skin) – protects the body
    • lymphatic system – drains fluid lost into interstitial fluid (the fluid that surrounds cells) back into the blood
    • muscular system – movement of the body
    • nervous system – quick communication system that allows responses to stimuli, thoughts and movement
    • reproductive system – the sex organs – the production of offspring
    • respiratory system – breathing – the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide
    • skeletal system – bones – where muscles are attached so that movement is possible
    • urinary system – urine production – excretion of waste


Science as a Career


  • anatomical locations
    • anterior – head
    • posterior – bottom
    • superior – above
    • inferior – below
    • ventral – stomach
    • dorsal – back


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  • excursion – museum
  • book – “The Human Body”, 2001, Ann Baggaley (ed.), Dorling Kindersley Pty Ltd, London
  • book – "Grey's Anatomy"
  • model – human body
  • dissections – kidney, heart, brain
  • play dough – make units and organs and label with toothpicks and tape
  • game – pictionary – part of the body or system


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