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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.


Template and Class Instructions

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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.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-MS-LS1-7] Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

Rubric

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Enzyme Diagrams
Draw and describe the enzymatic digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
16 Points
Beginning
0 Points
Enzyme diagrams
All the enzyme diagrams are correct and easy to understand showing the starting and end nutrients.
Most of the enzyme diagrams are correct and easy to understand showing the starting and end nutrients.
Some of the enzyme diagrams are correct and easy to understand showing the starting and end nutrients.
Description
The digestion is correctly and clearly described for proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.
The digestion is correctly and clearly described two of the following: proteins, carbohydrates or lipids.
The digestion is correctly and clearly described one of the following: proteins, carbohydrates or lipids.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.





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