Digestive System Teacher Resources
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Human Body Series - Digestive System
With articles entitled, "What's Puke?" and "What is a Fart?" this digestive system instructional activity 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!
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 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.
Ruminating on the Digestive System
Students compare the digestive systems of the buffalo and of the zebra, diagram their systems, and compare their lengths. For this digestive system lesson plan, students learn about their diets as well.
Food and the Digestive System
Students 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. Students are asked questions as an assessment.
Traveling Through the Digestive System
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.
Learners 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.
Digestive System Journey
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.
The Real Deal on the Digestive System
Sixth graders explore the human body by viewing video clips. In this digestive system activity, 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.
Down the Hatch: Digestive System Parts and Functions
Fifth graders explore the human digestive system parts and their functions. In this human biology activity, 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 activity concludes when the students complete a 3-2-1 activity in their science notebooks.
Human Body Series - Digestive System Quiz (Grades 9 to 12)
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.
What Happens to the Food You Eat? The Digestive System
Learners 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.
How the Body Works - The Digestive System
Break down the digestive system for your class. This webpage features a video, but also includes an article to read, an interactive assessment, and printables! Through the publisher's website, there are even individual videos about the teeth and tongue, plus a related experiment to try! Participants will take in and swallow the main structures of the digestive system as well how it processes food. The informative video deals, not only with the mouth and stomach, but also with the liver and rectum. Do be warned that the words anus and poop are part of the dialogue, which may draw laughter from less-mature viewers.
Energy Producing and Distributing Systems
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.
The Digestive 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.
Digestive System Adventure
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.
A Journey Through the Digestive System
High schoolers study the parts of the digestive system and the importance of enzymes. In this investigative activity students discuss questions about the human body and digestion and search the web for information on the human body.
The Digestive System
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.
Becoming Familiar with Ruminant Nutrition
Using a scenario about a farmer and his livestock, learners explore multiple facets concerning animal nutrition. They diagram the animal digestive system, describe ruminant digestion, and if able, visit a feedlot. Wow, sounds like fun!
The Digestive Dance
Students read food labels to compare healthy verses non healthy food and then use diagrams to create a poster of the digestive system. For this food lesson plan, students move the food down the digestive track along the digestive system.