Health and the Human Body Alison Creel, Martha Seay, Frances Wheeler Welcome to our site for learning more about your body, what makes it healthy, and how it works. During our investigations you will need to complete three assignments. Two of these assignments will involve working on your own and the last one will be a group project. As we begin our study of this marvelous organism, lets start by learning more about that basic unit of life, the cell. Did you know? There are about 600 million aveoli in your lungs and if you stretched them out, they would cover an entire tennis court. Your brain looks like a soft wrinkly gray sponge, and it's almost as heavy as a carton of orange juice! By the time you are grown up, it will weigh about three pounds. The Cell The Basic Unit of Life Every living thing is made up of one or more cells. Each human cell carries the blueprint that determines all hereditary information about a person. After reviewing some information about cells in the web sites and multimedia encyclopedias listed below, you must use Kid Pix or Microsoft Paint to draw a diagram of a human cell. Be sure to include all the different organelles and to carefully label each item. Microsoft Encarta Worldbook Encyclopedia Cells Alive The Biology Project - Cell Biology Online Biology Book Did you know? It only takes about 20 seconds to pump blood to every cell in your body. That's less time than you need to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"! Cells are shaped like cubes, coils, boxes, snowflakes, saucers, rectangles, or blobs of jelly. The body of a human has more than 10 million million cells. That's 10,000,000,000,000. Everyone of those cells is produced from another living cell. Health and the Human Body Your second assignment is to spend some time learning about the diseases that attack the human body. You can learn about diseases at the web sites listed below or you may research an individual disease in one of the multimedia encyclopedias listed on the cell page. You must write up a brief summary of one disease. After writing the summary, write a letter to the President explaining the disease and why it is important to learn more about preventing it. The letter must have at least seven to nine sentences and contain some relevant information about the disease. Kids Health Mayo Clinic Web M.D. Did you know? Cancer is not just one disease - it's more than 100. Each one acts, and is treated differently. One thing all cancers have in common - uncontrolled growth of abnormal or unhealthy cells. Over 5 million kids have asthma, environmental factors that can cause asthma are: more salt in the diet, recurrent lung infections, and pets in the household. Over 200.000 kids are injured in playground accidents each year. Sickle-cell disease is inherited, primarily in African-American. It is triggered when red blood cells are deprived of oxygen. Body Systems Now we have completed the brief survey of the body systems in our text book and you have learned some basic information about how each system works. For your final project you will be doing research on the different systems and how they interact. After reviewing the following web sites and CD-ROMs, you must work with your cooperative group to select a body system to study. After completing your research, you must prepare a Power Point presentation that consists of five slides. The first slide will be the title page, the second must contain a labeled graphic of the body system, the third and fourth should contain information about the system (with at least five facts per page), and the last page should contain four or five questions for your classmates to answer about the information. You must share your project during a three to five minute classroom presentation. My Amazing Human Body Our Body Look Inside the Human Body The Inner Body Neuroscience for Kids Kids Health Brain Pop Did you know? If you stretched out your small intestine it would be 22 feet long, that's like 22 notebooks lined up end to end, all in a row. You have 650 muscles in your body and they are all constantly at work. Over half the body's bones are in the hands and feet. Each Kidney is about 5 inches long and about 3 inches wide, about the size of a computer mouse.
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