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With articles entitled, "What's Puke?" and "What is a Fart?" this digestive system lesson is sure to be a gas! Elementary anatomists do a belly dance to illustrate how food moves through the digestive system and then design a board game in which the board is shaped like the organs involved. Several articles and a video are available through the publisher's website to provide information. Note that because the website has been updated since the production of this document, not all of the article and video titles are the same. Don't eliminate it, however! Laughter and learning are sure to be expelled during this session!
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.
Students compare the digestive systems of the buffalo and of the zebra, diagram their systems, and compare their lengths. In this digestive system lesson plan, students learn about their diets as well.
Learners investigate the digestive system. In this human biology instructional activity, students read an article about the digestive system and go onto a suggested website to review what they have learned. Learners are asked questions as an assessment.
Students read books and look at websites to teach them about the digestive system. In this digestive system lesson plan, students review flash cards and worksheets.
Students observe a video displaying body parts and functions of the digestive system. They make drawings of the digestive system from their observations. They act out a short play involving body parts.
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.
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!
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.
Students work in cooperative groups to design a theme park called Gastro World, based on the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system. They prepare a portfolio of the park's attractions and construct a model of it.
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.
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.
Students investigate the digestive system and the excretory system. In this biology lesson, students discuss healthy eating habits, diet and weight. They differentiate between an eating disorder and good eating habits.
Fifth graders research the path of food through the digestive system using the Internet. They write a creative story about one of their favorite foods as it travels the path of digestion.
Students study the parts of the digestive system and the importance of enzymes. In this investigative lesson students discuss questions about the human body and digestion and search the web for information on the human body.
Sixth graders use the Internet to examine the human digestive system. Using a diagram, they identify and explain the functions of each organ involved in the digestion process. They complete an online activity as well to end the instructional activity.
After learning about the function of the digestive system, pupils can show what information they've digested! Through seven multiple-choice questions, they tell how long it takes to digest foods, where nutrients are processed, the order of the organs, and more! Use this as a pop-quiz at the end of a lesson or as a class warm-up. Note that the publisher aimed this at high schoolers, but you may find that it is appropriate for younger learners as well.
Young scholars read food labels to compare healthy verses non healthy food and then use diagrams to create a poster of the digestive system. In this food lesson plan, students move the food down the digestive track along the digestive system.
Students examine why food is important and name the parts of the digestive system. In this investigative lesson students define respiration and draw and label the parts of the respiratory system.
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.