Students will be able to identify the specific parts of the organs within the digestive system.
Students will observe the movement of food through the digestive tract.
Students will organize the parts of the digestive system in order.
Students will practice taking quizzes in order to learn the structures and functions within the digestive system.
Students will discover the reasons for the bizarre and gross sounds that occur in the digestive system.
Students will be able to figure out their basal metabolic rate & body mass index & calories needed for their daily activities.
Students will be able to figure out their calories/day from the foods they eat.
Created by: Jeff Caplan
Capistrano Unified School District
Computer access to the internet.
1. Open to locate overview of digestive system organs. Highlight each part to see its location on the GI tract.
View diagrams of stomach & small intestine for more advanced students.
2. Open the Virtual Body Tour on the digestive system.
Click on English or Spanish.
Click on Digestive Tract.
Begin by taking the Guided Tour.
Click on the Zoom-In and move down through the system reading the notes.
Complete the Organize Organs activity.
3. Click on animation to observe movement of food from mouth toward stomach. Read text on mouth, then close to view animation.
List the parts of the digestive system the pizza passes to move toward the stomach.
For anatomy students be very specific, including areas inside mouth & around teeth, and pharynx.
4. Click on movie to trace an apple through GI tract.
List the organs the apple passes from mouth to anus.
List 3 accessory organs.
5. Open the links to digestive system structures and move the mouse on the black-yellow-red-green marks on the diagram to learn the parts.
Anatomy & biology students should click on ALSO links and read the text and digestive system trivia.
6. Practice the quizzes from the following sites (you don't have to do all of them):
General Histology WebAnatomy
Human Body Adventure
Drag & Drop Quiz
ThinkQuest Digestive System
7. Learn about belches and farts, gurgling stomach noises, vomit and what makes up feces.
8. Play the Constipation Concentratation Game from the Ontario Science Center.
9. Figure out your BMI & BMR based on your daily activities using the calories/hour calculator.
10. Create a data table for all the foods your eating. Determine the amount protein, fats & carbohydrates and calories your eating for an entire week.
A Few Internet Resources:
Sheppard's Science Resources
Sheppard's Useful Links
Created August 16, 2002
Last Revised August 16, 2002
Suggested Grade Level: 6 to 12
Science Content Standards: Note the following are examples.
Grade 6: Investigation and Experimentation (7a, b, c, e, g, h)
Grade 7: Investigation and Experimentation (7a, b, c, e)
Grade 8: Investigation and Experimentation (9a, b, e,)
Grade 9: Investigation and Experimentation (1a, c, d, i,)
2c The sequential steps of digestion, and the roles of teeth and mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and colon in the function of the digestive system.
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Students need no background for the introductory links and animation, virtual tour, yucky gross body or games.
Students will need lecture background, text, or internet links on this site for detailed anatomy on the digestive system.
Critical Thinking, problem solving.
Effective use of Internet resources.
Digestive system quizzes and activities will test students knowledge of the digestive system.
Data table of total grams of protein, fats, carbohydrates and calories for each day or week of foods the students ate.
Determine BMI, BMR and calories needed based on daily activities students are involved in.
Presentations -PowerPoint or Hyperstudio on digestive disorders or diseases.
Maintain a weekly log of calories needed and diet for each student.
Develop a plan to modify their diet to improve nutrition.