What's Up With Your Gut Microbiome?

Some scientists now consider the gut microbiome a distinct organ in the human body. Curious science scholars learn about this ecosystem thriving inside them and its important functions with a video from Our Hungry Planet. The 11th lesson in the 13-part series examines the gut, explains what it does, and how to treat it when it is out of balance.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Add vocabulary to science journals
  • Research specific illnesses treated by fecal transplant
Classroom Considerations

  • Does not rely on any information from earlier in the unit; easily stands alone as its own lesson
Pros

  • Handles the concept of fecal transplant without being overly descriptive or gross
  • Provides discussion questions and ideas for introducing the video
Cons

  • None