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Digestion and Microbiology
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Digestion
Providing Nutrients for your Body
Grades 4-6

Through building a life-size model, investigating the role of enzymes, and examining actual
specimens, students visualize the process of digestion and become familiar with the organs
involved in transforming the food they eat into the energy their cells need to function.
Students apply the scientific method by determining the location in the digestive system
where the digestion of starch occurs.


The Microbial World
Microbes In, On, and Around You
Grades 4-6

Students will discover the fascinating microbial world present around them every day.
Students start by sampling a variety of places in their school as well as locations on
themselves. After describing their results in terms of numbers and variety of microorganisms
found, students will become familiar with the major groups of microorganisms-fungi,
protozoa, bacteria, and viruses. Discussion emphasizes both the similarities and differences
between the groups. Students will discuss how they can limit negative interactions with
microorganisms as well as gain an appreciation for many of the important things that
microorganisms can do for us.


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