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- Britany G.
- Provo, Utah
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Second graders learn about how the food is broken down in our bodies and the job of each body part involved in our digestive system. The utilize the CD ROM game, "Body Works." This wonderful game takes pupils through the human body's digestive system where they "meet" all sorts of creatures. The class divides into groups, and each group helps a certain type of food get through the digestive system.
Students analyze how the digestive system works by taking the food we eat and breaking it down for our bodies to use for various reasons. They list the major components of the digestive system and draw a diagram. They explain how astronauts have challenges when it comes to eating in space.
Your class isn't just going to discuss the digestive system; they're going to act it out! It sounds gross, but it's actually a great idea, it will really help kids visualize the digestive process. First, they discuss and read about the digestive system, then they are assigned parts to play. They use spray bottles for saliva, their hands as crushing molars, and trash bags to eliminate the waste material. I'd say this is a play I'd save for back to school night!
Sixth graders explore the human body by viewing video clips. In this digestive system lesson, 6th graders discuss what they think happens when they swallow food. Students view a Brain Pop clip demonstrating the digestion of food and answer study questions using a SMART Board.
Third graders investigate the digestive system. In this interactive lesson, 3rd graders eat a snack and make observations about what happens to the food in their mouth. Students then watch a movie that explains the digestive process. In groups students make a model of this process.
Students complete activities relating to the digestive system. In this physiology lesson, students discuss healthy eating and how the body digests food. They do "The Belly Dance" to show how the food moves through their bodies. Students then play Digestion! The Board Game.
Fourth graders identify the parts of the human digestive system and write food/exercise journals. In this digestive system and health lesson, 4th graders word process a food/exercise journal, watch a PowerPoint presentation showing the parts of the human digestive system, and watch web based videos. They participate in a demonstration of how the digestive system works using pantyhose and oatmeal.
Students explore what happens to the food they eat as it passes through their body. They demonstrate their understanding of the digestive system functions by choosing to create a poster, build a model, produce a multimedia presentation, or perform an original skit, poem, or song.
Fifth graders explore the human digestive system parts and their functions. In this human biology lesson, 5th graders discuss the path of an apple as it travels through the digestive system then explain to each other using key vocabulary words. Students complete several activities including a "Yes Ma'am" chant with the teacher and a cooperative learning activity. The lesson concludes when the students complete a 3-2-1 activity in their science notebooks.
Did my stomach make that noise? Explore the digestive system through a WebQuest and research project, ending in a visual display and presentation that classmates review for one another. Partners begin the WebQuest with a pre-quiz followed by research using given links. They reference an evaluation rubric (also included as a document) to put together a digital presentation on the digestive system which is later presented to other groups for peer review. Consider jigsawing this presentation so not all groups do the same thing. Be sure to check out the "Digestive Games and Activities" section of the WebQuest; watch the video through the alimentary canal!
Students review the the major organs of the digestive system and the function of each. They name some of the problems of the digestive system covered in the video. Students are challenged to link each condition with the appropriate part of the digestive tract. Below are some common digestive problems.