Have you ever wondered how you can eat the things that you eat or how you can breathe or move your arms? If you think about it, it's pretty amazing that the human body can do all of the things that it does. Your body is made up of what are called systems. These systems are collections of organs and body parts that work together for a common goal. For example, your bones are all a part of the skeletal system. They work together to give your body shape and so that you can move. They also work together to protect your important organs, like your heart. The other systems that you have in your body are the circulatory, respiratory, muscular, digestive, and nervous systems. Each of these systems are very important, and everyone has them. It's important for kids to understand what the systems of the body are so that they can understand how important it is to keep the body healthy.
Pulmonary Circulation: Click on this link and learn all about the pulmonary system. The page also explains how it is a part of the circulatory system.
Project Heart Kids- Circulatory System: A neat animation of how the circulatory system works.
Your Cardiovascular System: Kids who are interested in learning more about the cardiovascular system and what it is can click on this link. On this page, readers will learn also more details about the heart, the bloodstream, and how blood gets its oxygen!
A Printout Sheet of the Human Heart: This page opens up to a printout of the human heart that can be colored. The printout has the various parts of the heart labeled.
Introduction to the Circulatory System: A series of lesson plans for learning about the circulatory system. Blood vessels and how to check one's pulse are a part of the lesson plans provided.
Sail the Circulatory System Game: Play this game to learn more about the circulatory system.
All About the Heart for Kids: Watch a great video about the heart and the circulatory system. After the video, kids can read all about it, too.
Inside the Human Body - The Respiratory System: Click on the image on this page to open up games about the respiratory system. Choose from grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-12.
About Your Lungs - Lung Interactions and Animations: An animation of how the lungs function on both the inside and the outside. The page also has additional links to other animations about the respiratory system and the entire vascular system.
Amazing Facts About the Respiratory System: Learn about some amazing facts about the respiratory system. These facts are listed using bullet points.
Respiratory System Elementary School Lesson Plan: An elementary school lesson plan regarding the respiratory system. The lesson plan includes parts from part A to part D.
The Respiratory System: Watch a video summary about the respiratory system. The video is for kids in the fifth grade.
Hillendale Health Skeletal System: Name Dem Bones Challenge: Play an online game by clicking on this link. Challenge one is the page associated with this link.
Systems - Skeletal System: Learn about the skeletal system inside and out by clicking on this link. While reading this page, people can also learn what the skeletal system does and how it works with other systems in the body.
Learn the Skeletal System - Label the Bones: An interactive game for grades 4 and 5 that allows kids to label the various bones of the skeletal system.
Human Body - Human Skeleton Printout: Kids can ask their parents to print out this skeleton for coloring, or it can be colored online. Spaces are available for labeling the various parts.
Skeleton Match Activity: Learning about the common and proper names of bones can be fun. Print this PDF and connect the common names of the bones with the proper names.
Skeletal System: Label the skeleton with this online model of one. The game is played by dragging the name of the part to its correct location on the skeleton.
The Skeletal System: Read about the three major jobs that the skeletal system does. This link also tells how many bones there are in the human body.
Muscular System: Look over the labeled drawing on this page and then read about the types of muscles in this system.
Information About the Muscular System: This page on the Rockvale Elementary School website talks about muscles and what they do. There are also other links on this page for more information about the muscular system.
Would You Rather...? A lesson plan for kids in the third and fourth grade to help them understand the importance of both the muscular and skeletal systems.
Muscle Activities for Kids: A collection of classroom and home-school activities and lesson plans that teach kids about their muscles.
Assignment 2 - Muscular System: This class assignment asks two questions about the muscular system, plus includes a bonus question. Links to explore for the answer are provided.
Human Anatomy - Front View of Muscles: Click on any of the muscle names for more information about them. At the bottom of the page, click on the link to place muscles in an interactive game called "Flex Some Muscles."
The Digestive System
The Digestive System: Click on this link for a neat diagram of the digestive system. Move the mouse over any part of the digestive system for more details.
Body Zone: The Digestive System: Learn about the nine basic steps that the human digestive system goes through.
Help Arnold Find His Organs Game: An online game where kids help Arnold with his digestive system. Organs are moved into the correct location on the character's body.
Digestive System: Find the answer to what digestion is and what parts of the body are used for digestion by clicking on this link. There are activities on this page that are designed to help students research and learn more about the digestive system.
Digestive System Animation: A video that shows how the digestive system works for kids in grades 3 to 12.
The Body and Medicines - The Digestive System: An interactive look at the digestive system on the website for the Children's University of Manchester website.
How the Digestive System Works: Watch this video and learn how the digestive system digests food.
The Stages of Digestion: A video by a fifth-grade teacher who reviews the stages of digestion, which takes place in the digestive system.
Modeling the Nervous System: Make a neuron out of clay by following the instructions found on this page. The directions for the model are for kids in third grade through 12th grade.
Kids' Health - The Nervous System: Learn all about the nervous system by clicking on this link to the Women's and Children's Health Network. The article even explains how to keep the central nervous system working well!
The Human Body Systems for Kids: On this page, kids can learn all about the various body systems. The last system covered by this PDF document is the nervous system.
Our Nervous System: Idaho Public Television has this cool page for kids that gives facts on the nervous system.
Your Amazing Brain: The brain is a part of the nervous system, and National Geographic Kids gives kids lots of information about how it works. This page even includes a "brain map."
Brain and Nerves: An interactive lesson that looks into the brain so that kids can see how it works.
Parts of Your Brain and What They Do: This link opens up a page on the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids Pages website. On this page, there's a labeled image of the brain, and it's great for showing what the different parts of the brain are called and what they do.
See also our heart anatomy chart for specific information on the heart.
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Written by David Patterson and last updated 2015-02-10