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The Human Body's Digestive System Theme Page

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of the body's Digestive System. Please read our disclaimer.

[The] Atlas of the Human Body

This site has a wide ranging set of diagrams that serve as "road maps" of the various systems of the human body. See their link to the Digestive System.

Better Body Books
High school students are challenged to learn the structures and functions of a body system thoroughly so that they will be able to pass on the concepts and ideas to younger students in the form of children's books.

Body Quest
A 1997 Think Quest award winner, this site is designed for students ages 11-16 wishing to learn more about anatomy. This link is to the main page which contains 18 sub-selections. Click on 'Digestive System' for a brief summary and graphic of the system.

[La] Casa de Comida: Digestive System
Here's another ThinkQuest site - "The House of Food". Within the site, there's a section dedicated to the digestive system covering descriptions of how the system works, each of the component parts, various diseases, and how other animals handle digestion. an

CLN Theme Pages
Other CLN Theme Pages which have information related to the Digestive System

[The] Digestive System
A one page description written for elementary students of what happens to food once you have eaten it. Also, it includes a link to a fact sheet listing interesting facts about your digestive system.

Digestive System: A Kinesthetic Lesson
In this Access Excellence lesson, students act out the functions of the digestive system.

Digestive System: A Body Basics Article
An introductory article on the digestive system written for kids.

Digestive System: A Body Basics Article (Teens)
An introductory article on the digestive system written for teens.

How the Body Works: The Digestion System
A small animated illustration showing the parts of an apple going through several stages in the digestion system. (Requires Shockwave)

Healthtouch Online: Stomach and Digestive Problems
Detailed information on the digestive system in general and common ailments. Each topic is broken down into subtopics for thorough coverage.

[The] Human Digestive System
A simple line drawing of the digestive system. As you roll your mouse over the various parts, each is highlighted in colour.

Human Anatomy Online: The Digestive System
Click on the digestive system thumbnail to view an enlarged image. By rolling over parts of the image you can see descriptions of different body parts. Limited advertising.

Nature's Best: The Human Body
This link is to the home page of Nature's Best: The Human Body - a site intended for high school students. After selecting an appropriate level of bandwidth, you'll be taken to a menu page offering information on all 8 human body systems (Circulatory, Digestive, Immune, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, Respiratory and Skeletal). Select "Digestive" for an explanation of the various body organs involved in breaking food down into small enough parts so that the nutrients can be absorbed through the intestinal walls into the circulatory system. (Note: You may have difficulty with the middle and high bandwidth options)

Smile Program Biology Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has 60 lesson plans in the section on Anatomy & Physiology that deal directly with the human body's senses and systems. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

Taste Buds
Description of an activity that will help elementary students understand what taste buds are and where they are on the tongue.

Tour the Digestive System
Use this link to download the .pdf file for a primary teaching unit. Over the course of 15 lessons, students will learn the body parts and functions of the digestive system by building a crawl through the system and giving tours.

TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional content are also possible.

This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "digestive and system" will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.

Travel Brochure of the Body Systems
In this Access Excellence lesson plan for grades 9-12, students produce a travel brochure for a tour through each of 8 body systems and a working model of one of the systems. Assessment rubrics are given.

[The] Human Digestive System
A simple line drawing of the digestive system. As you roll your mouse over the various parts, each is highlighted in colour.

[The] Virtual Body
MEDtropolis's Website allows students from the upper elementary grades to listen to a narrated guided tour of the digestion system, zoom in on the different part of the digestion system and organize a pile of digestion parts into a completed puzzle. (Requires Shockwave)

Virtual Anatomy Textbook: The Nervous System
Brief descriptions of the functions of the digestive system accompanied by pictures and diagrams and intended for high school students.

[A] Walk Through the Gut
In this simulation from Access Excellence, students deliver 'food' to student stations around the room which creatively represent the organs in the digestive system.

What Machine Could Do All of This?
Would you like to find out how many times your heart beats in a day, or a month? Perhaps you would like to know the volume of air you inhale in a day, or a month? This site provides you with a range of information about your body systems.

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