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Fascinating Facts

Heart Health

  • The muscles in your heart can create enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
  • Nearly 80% of all sudden cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
  • Your heart rate can rise as much as 30% during a yawn.

Blood Bank

  • Every drop of blood in the body passes through the heart once per minute.
  • By donating just one pint of blood, four lives can be saved.
  • There are about 100,000 miles of blood vessels in an adult's body.

Take a Deep Breath

  • In the average lifetime, a person will breathe in about 45 pounds of dust.
  • A cough releases air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.
  • A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.
  • The lungs are the only organ in the body that can float on water.
  • An average yawn lasts about six seconds.
  • Smokers lose an average of two teeth every ten years.

Building Bones

  • Bone is five times stronger than mild steel.
  • Every three months our bone cells are completely replaced.
  • Almost a quarter of your bones are in your feet and ankles.
  • One out of 20 people have an extra rib.
  • A person's nose and ears continue to grow throughout his or her life.
  • Your thumb is the same size as your nose.

Staying Healthy

  • Airborne bacteria from a flushing toilet can reach a toothbrush placed within six feet.
  • The distance droplets can travel after a cough or sneeze: 3 – 12 feet.
  • The number of germs, per square inch, on a toilet seat: 49. The number of germs, per square inch, on an office telephone: 25,000.
  • One third of men don't wash their hands after using the restroom.
  • Unfortunately, germs can stick to food dropped on the floor in less than five seconds.

You Are What You Eat

  • Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
  • If your stomach didn't produce a new layer of mucous every two weeks, it would digest itself.
  • People eat more popcorn when watching a sad movie as compared to a happy one.
  • Food can get to your stomach even if you are hanging upside down.
  • The small intestine is about four or five times larger than the large intestine.

Made in America

  • The majority of models are skinnier than 98% of American women.
  • Each year there are approximately 60,000 trampoline injuries in the United States.
  • It is estimated that during his lifetime, an American man will spend between four and five months shaving.

Shape Up!

  • Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
  • The record for most pushups ever performed in one day is 46,001.
  • Weight lifters who work out in gyms decorated in blue can lift heavier weights.
  • Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories.
  • The amount of time in a day that a preschooler is sedentary: 89%.

Women & Men

  • On average, women blink twice as often as men.
  • Girls' brains account for 2.5% of their body weight. Boys' brains account for 2%.
  • Women's hearts beat faster than men's.
  • On average, women speak more than three times as much as men.
  • If a man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.

On the Outside

  • Fingernails grow faster on the hand you favor.
  • Perspiration is odorless; it is the bacteria on the skin that creates an odor.
  • The average human eyelash lives about 150 days.
  • People who smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as those who do not smoke.

Teachers Guide

Each Teacher’s Guide is divided into two sections and applies to academic content across the curriculum. First, you will find the Guide to Student Learning with experiential classroom activities aligned to both National Academic Standards and State Academic Standards. Next is the Guide to Exhibition Galleries, a road map to follow when you visit the Exhibition with your school group.

Teaching Guide Awards

  • Aegis Video & Film Production Award 2009 Training/Education for “The Field Trip”
  • Association for Educational Publishers 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award
  • American Association for Health Education 2008 Distinguished Service to Health Education Award

Request a Teacher's Guide

Please request a teacher's guide for your field trip by completing this form. The guide will be emailed to you in the form of a .pdf link. This teacher's guide request does not reserve your field trip.

(You may need to check your junk email folder or spam filter for the email.)

Field Trips

BODIES…The Exhibition is a face-to-face anatomy learning lab.
A visit to BODIES…The Exhibition will give students an in-depth look at what lies beneath their skin. This field trip destination will teach students about the human body from the inside-out. It also shows, in detail, the effects of certain lifestyle decisions, such as smoking and obesity.

Don’t miss out on one of the most innovative learning experiences in the area! Book your class field trip today!

Classroom Extension Activities

Create A Travel Brochure for the Human Skeletal System. As the travel writer for your local newspaper, you have been asked to design a brochure for a luxury tour through one system of the human body. Select your destination! Be sure to highlight the trendy spots, all exciting activities, and the imports and exports of the areas. For insurance considerations, point out all possible dangers or special precautions that tourists might encounter during their visit.

Complete An Anti-Tobacco Public Service Campaign. Create a series of videos to post online aimed at convincing people not to smoke. Write the copy, select the graphics and edit your ads so that your message is effective, to-the-point, and is taken seriously. Present your final online campaign to your classmates and/or family.

Create A Brain Health & Safety Handbook. What can you do to help develop and protect your brain? First, conduct research. Then, design and create a handbook that communicates the most important practices. Your final project could be a multimedia or online virtual handbook as well as a printed product to appear in your school newspaper or on your class website.

Online Resources

www.KidsHealth.org/kid/ Discover how the body works and what can make the body sick by reading through these expert articles written just for kids.

Library.Thinkquest.org An exploration of anatomy designed for students ages 11 to 16 years.

Kids.Discovery.com This Web site explores the science behind eye gunk, ear wax, dandruff, and other bodily functions that are often considered “yucky” and “gross.” There is also a drop-down menu that provides information about systems of the body.

www.Lung.ca/Children How do the lungs work? What hazards threaten the respiratory system? And what can kids do about them? This engaging Web site has information, printed worksheets and games for students in elementary, middle and high school.

Books

Elementary

Inside Your Outside! All About the Human Body. Tish Rabe. Random House, 2003.

Young children will love this Cat in the Hat -style introduction to the human body. Beginning readers will enjoy the rhyming and the illustrations. Whether children read this book independently or listen to it as a read-aloud, it will reinforce the science content. The topic is appropriate for early childhood education since learning about the body is included in national and most state standards. While other books on the subject of the human body that go into greater detail and specificity and deal with the topic in a more scholarly way, this Seuss-like style has a great appeal for children. This book is a good choice for teachers looking to integrate reading and science.

 

Middle School

Human Body, An Interactive Guide to the Inner Workings of the Body, Steve Parker, Quarto Children’s Books, 2008

Vivid color photos and artwork are enhanced with gatefolds, tabs to lift, and ingenious pop-up features that give kids an interactive tour of the human body. This book's illustrations and explanatory text demonstrate how food nourishes the body, how the network of bones gives the body both strength and flexibility, how the brain controls everything we think and feel, and much more. The most interesting parts of the book are the small fact boxes on each page which provide much food for thought about the amazing human body.

 

High School

The Human Body Book and DVD, An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function and Disorders, Steve Parker, DK Publishing, 2007.

Revealing and detailing all aspects of the body, from the secrets of DNA to the functions of every major body system, this encyclopedic volume is packed with stunning and detailed visuals and includes a DVD that reveals all of the body's inner workings. Also includes accessible health and medical information that makes this book ideal for families, students, health professionals, or anyone who wants to learn more about the human body.

 


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