Activity: Draw a Diagram
to Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Health & Wellness
Web Link Description
Have students learn more about the digestive system
by exploring Human Anatomy On-line,
an extensive Web site featuring interactive diagrams
of the body's major systems. As students move the cursor
around a diagram, they can access labels, comprehensive
information, and close-up views of organs and structures
in the body.
to understand the process of digestion
to learn about the different parts
of the digestive system
to draw a diagram of the digestive
Ask students if they can explain how the food they
eat is transformed into energy and nourishment for
their bodies. Can they name some of the organs involved
in this amazing feat? If you are using Macmillan/McGraw-Hill
Health & Wellness
, have students review
the digestive system. Then explain that they will
visit a Web site where they can obtain detailed
information about digestion and the organs and structures
that are involved in this process.
Arrange students into groups of two or three.
Have a large roll of craft paper and markers or
crayons available for each group to use in completing
Human Anatomy On-Line
Distribute student activity sheets and help students
navigate the Web site if necessary. As students
explore the interactive diagrams at the Web site,
have them complete the matching activity on the
activity sheet. Be sure to tell students that
the Web site uses scientific names for some of
the organs and structures of the digestive system,
but if they click around, they can find the more
When groups have completed the matching activity,
distribute art supplies and have each group create
a life-size diagram of the digestive system. Remind
students that their group should be prepared to
explain their diagram to the class.
Print the online student
activity sheet to create a blackline master.
Sharing the Activity
Ask each group of
students to present a "guided tour" of their
diagram, pointing out each part of the digestive system
and explaining its function.
Display students' diagrams on bulletin boards or classroom
walls. Point to an organ or structure on one of the
displays and have volunteers explain its role in digestion.
Home School Connections
Print the online family
activity sheet to create a blackline master. For
best results, be sure that your browser's font size
has been set to "12" and that your browser
has been set to print in "portrait mode."