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Digestion and the Food Chain

Students begin with a brief exploration of biomes. Then, as a class, the students choose a specific biome and examine a food web within it. This will lead to a discussion about predator/prey relationships. Students will develop an understanding of the differences within the digestive systems of different organisms and how the foods eaten correspond to the digestive system and biome of each organism. Finally, we examine the digestive system of humans in detail. The culminating event is a pop-up book about human digestion.

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Digestion - Teacher Introduction

by Micki Halsey Randall

Time line and suggestions for implementing the digestion unit in your classroom.
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A letter to introduce the digestion unit.
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Biomes Jigsaw - Teacher Directions

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students work in groups to learn about a specific biome. Then, groups jigsaw to form new groups composed of one member from each previous group. The new group members share their information and teach the others about the biomes. In the end, each student will have information about all six biomes.
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Directions and rubric for students to use to complete the biome assignment.
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Food Chain Notes

by Micki Halsey Randall

A powerpoint of terminology used when discussing food chains.
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Food Web Illustrations

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students design food webs from 2 different regions or biomes. The webs must include proper labels and descriptions of the terminology (consumer, producer, etc.).
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US Food Pyramid 1

by Micki Halsey Randall

The first side of the food pyramid document. Print this with food pyramid 2 on the back for students to use during the comparison of pyramids from other countries activity. This is courtesy of mypyramid.gov.
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US Food Pyramid 2

by Micki Halsey Randall

The second side of the food pyramid document. Print this with food pyramid 1 on the front for students to use during the comparison of pyramids from other countries activity. This is courtesy of mypyramid.gov.
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Food Pyramids in Other Countries

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students research and describe a food pyramid from a country other than USA.
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Food Pyramid Comparisons

by Micki Halsey Randall

Courtesy of USDA.gov. A report with illustrations of various food pyramids from numerous countries.
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Digestion - Pop-Up Books

by Micki Halsey Randall

Directions and a rubric for pop-up books designed to teach about digestion
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Digestive System Facts

by Micki Halsey Randall

A synopsis of the digestive system from "1000 Facts on Human Body" by John Farndon.
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Digestion - Helpful websites

by Micki Halsey Randall

Links to numerous websites helpful in this unit.
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Digestive System Notes

by Micki Halsey Randall

A powerpoint listing the major components of the digestive system and their function.
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Links to websites with illustrations of digestive systems of various organisms
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Digestive System Coloring Page

by Micki Halsey Randall

Print this diagram and have students color and label each organ represented in the diagram.
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Digestive System Simulation

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students act as the parts of the digestive system
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Digestion - Unit Reflection

by Micki Halsey Randall

Students answer reflection questions on a separate piece of paper.
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