The Digestive System

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Travel through the digestive system with our The Digestive System Lesson Plan.  This interactive lesson equips students to identify the digestive system and its part and functions, as well as trace the movement of food through the digestive system. The students will be able to write, draw, or design a creative presentation explaining the digestive system to others.

The Digestive System Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages with images and models
  • 4 options activity dedicated to the respiratory system (write a story, draw a picture, create presentation, create board game)
  • Practice labeling the digestive system assignment
  • Draw a table/map of the path food travels in the digestive system homework assignment
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Travel through the digestive system with our The Digestive System Lesson Plan.  This interactive lesson equips students to identify the digestive system and its part and functions, as well as trace the movement of food through the digestive system. The students will be able to write, draw, or design a creative presentation explaining the digestive system to others.

Sample Classroom Procedure Snippet:

  1. Distribute a small piece of food to the students, such as some crackers, candy, etc. Allow students to eat it.
  2. Ask students: What is happening to the food right now as you eat, and what will happen when you swallow it, and after swallowing it?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion.
  4. Distribute the Digestive System content page. Read aloud during class with students, answer questions, expanding on concepts, introducing the students to the complexity of the digestive system.
  5. (You may choose to show a video from the additional resources before moving on.)
  6. Distribute the Activity page. Explain the instructions for each option, allowing students time to pick one of the options. You may have them start the activity now or the next day, giving more time to make a decision. (Work could be done in or outside of class or both.)
  7. Distribute the Practice page, give students time to complete and check/review with students.
  8. Set a schedule for students to present their activity to the class, allowing sufficient time depending on the activity chosen. For example, reading aloud a story will take less time than presenting a board game.
  9. Once all students have presented their activities, distribute the Homework page, check and review the next day.
  10. To close the lesson, distribute another food item, and ask volunteers to explain the path the food will take as it goes through their digestive systems.

Common Core State Standards:

CSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 3-4 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science