The human digestive system is responsible for the processes of ingestion and digestion, absorption of digestion products and the elimination of undigested materials. The system itself is essentially a long muscular tube assisted by glands and organs.
In this activity, students use online and/or paper resources to identify and label parts of the human digestive system.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- identify and label some of the main structures in the digestive system
- understand the function of the main structures in the digestive system
- use literacy skills to learn about and discuss the functions of the structures.
Download the Word file (see link below).
These articles provide background information:
- The human digestive system
- Large intestine function
- Food’s journey through the digestive system
- Digestion – breaking the large into the small.
Digestion chemistry – introduction curates Hub resources on the human digestive system.
Designing a model of the human digestive system – unit plan guides students to design a working model of part of the human digestive system that can be built in the classroom.
Measure and compare the protein-digesting activity of five fruits or vegetables commonly used in marinades with the activity A comparison of home-made marinades.
The activity Enzyme action investigates the effect that fruit purees (pineapple, kiwifruit, peach) have on the setting of party jellies.
Check out the ruminant digestive system with this activity and interactive.