Biomolecules on the Menu
In this Click & Learn, students explore the process of digestion and how it connects to metabolism and cellular respiration.
How does the food we eat fuel our bodies’ activities? This Click & Learn connects food with energy production and storage in cells. Students embark on an engaging exploration of how food is digested into nutrients, how nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to cells, and how cells use nutrients in cellular respiration.
The three main sections provide a progressively zoomed-in look into how the body uses food for energy. Depending on the goals of the class, students can explore just one section or all three.
The two accompanying “Student Worksheets” guide students through different parts of the Click & Learn and ask them to reflect on the information provided. The main differences between the worksheets are summarized in the “Educator Materials,” which also provides suggestions for classroom implementation and additional background information.
Student Learning Targets
- Describe the roles of the digestive system’s major organs, including how they break down food into nutrients.
- Describe the small intestine’s role in absorbing nutrients into the bloodstream.
- Explain how cells can use nutrients for energy immediately or store them for later use.
- Describe the overall function, inputs, and outputs of cellular respiration.
anabolism, carbohydrate, catabolism, digestion, fat, fiber, glycogen, protein, nutrient, triglyceride
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Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-LS1-1, HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-6, HS-LS1-7; SEP1, SEP4, SEP8
AP Biology 2019
SYI-1.B, ENE-1.H, ENE-1.K, ENE-1.L; SP1, SP2, SP4
IB Biology 2016
2.1, 2.8, 8.1, 8.2, D.2, D.5
Vision and Change 2009
CC4; DP2, DP6