Human Body

Lesson 9 - Writing - 2 Days


Explain and reteach what happens to a piece of food as it travels through the digestive system by writing a well-structured paragraph that describes the connection between a series of scientific ideas or concepts.

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Target Task


Pick any type of food. Write an informational book and create a poster that shows what happens after the food has been eaten and as it is going through the digestive system. Make sure to include specific details and diagrams to support your explanation.

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  • The focus for these two days is on synthesizing everything that students have learned about digestion and transferring that knowledge to explain what happens when they eat something.
  • Students' writing should include all of the vocabulary from the first few lessons and should clearly describe what is happening at each stage. Posters should include visuals that correspond with the information included in the writing.
  • This lesson is spread across two days. Students should spend one day writing and retelling what happens during digestion. Students should spend another day drawing the visual and labeling the visual using what they have learned about text features. The order in which students write or create a visual is up to the teacher.

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.2.3 — Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

  • RI.2.7 — Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

  • W.2.2 — Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.