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Activity Overview

The biggest function of digestion is breaking up food into nutrients that the body can easily digest and put to good use. There are several types of digestive enzymes that assist with this process, all of which serve different functions. In this activity, students will create diagrams of the digestive enzymes and macronutrients they break down. Students have the opportunity to get creative with this project, or can use the shapes and colors to represent different enzymes.

To challenge your more advanced students, have them write a summary of the function of each nutrient in the description box.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 5 (Advanced / Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Describe how three different macronutrients are broken down using shapes in a storyboard.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Use shapes and arrows to show how different nutrients are broken down into smaller molecules. Remember, you can select multiple objects by holding Shift or by highlighting a large area.
  3. Make sure to include the name of the macronutrient, the name of the enzyme, and the products after digestion.
  4. In the description box, write a sentence or two that describes the process.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

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