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This interactive resource from National Geographic focuses on our largest organ, the skin. With this resource, you can learn about the anatomy of skin, stresses on the skin, and the effects of aging.

The skin anatomy section features an interactive graphic in which you can click on the parts of the skin, like the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue, to learn more about them. In addition to these parts of the skin, you can learn about capillaries, hair follicles, sweat glands, etc. Clicking on a part brings up information about it and highlights it.

In the stresses on the skin section, you can learn about how outside agents, like cuts and sun exposure, impact your skin. You can see firsthand how a cut affects the skin and how the skin repairs itself after being cut by sliding a Healing Stages bar across the bottom of the graphic. You can see how sun exposure affects people depending on their skin color.

Finally, in the effects of aging section, you can see what your skin should be like in infancy, adolescence, early adulthood, middle age, and old age.

Going Further

For Educators

The visualizations in this resource not only help students see the different layers and parts of the skin, but they also allow students to get an idea of how the skin behaves when confronted with outside stresses and aging.

It would be a useful resource to incorporate into any lessons you may be doing on the skin as an organ, aging, and skin cancer. You could use the resource to introduce your students to the topic or you could allow your students to study the resource on their own to help them research the skin.

Skin as an Organ
6-8 | Interactive
Sun, Natural Selection, and Skin Color
6-8 |
Sun & Skin
9-12 | Interactive
Variation in Human Skin Color
9-12 |
UV Addiction
6-12 | Audio

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Grades Themes Type Project 2061 Benchmarks National Science Standards