Anatomy Practicals- Stackables that Teach: A Life-Sized Human Body Project- The Digestive System!

The Digestive System– Life-sized!


My students struggle because most anatomical diagrams are small and can be difficult for them to analyze. My class created big bodies with basic organs from an outline I drew for their Gallery Walk at the conclusion of our first unit on the body systems. It was SO beneficial for them! Check out my previous blog post on this here loved having such large-sized structures to work with and told me that it really helped them remember the organs. I looked for pre-made life-sized bodies with organs, but sadly only found things appropriate for elementary students. Definitely not detailed enough for Juniors and Seniors in high school, many of whom plan to pursue a career in the medical field! So, I decided that I should create LIFE-SIZED diagrams which I knew would focus on the important structures of the system but, at the same time, be RIGOROUS enough for my high school Anatomy students…

These easy to interpret diagrams are drawn over 8 pages and are easily trimmed and taped together to create a large human body. This particular project utilized all of the organs that make up the digestive system for students to label.

I drew this project with a lift-the-flap stomach and small intestine to show the interior and villi. I recently updated the stomach to highlight the 3 smooth muscle layers.

Labels for all the organs and structures are also included in small print.

This project is new in my TpT store! You can check it out here –>

For just the large skeletons, please visit

It is the sixth installment in my newest project called Anatomy Practicals! These will cover each body system and provide your students with life-sized diagrams as well as the important organs included… all rigorous enough for high school Anatomy students! I have also bundled these with instructions for the project that my students did for each system. Stay tuned for all systems to be posted!

About Edgy Instruction

Science Teacher (Biology, AP Biology, and Forensic Science), Anatomy Professor, and former Instructional coach.
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