Category Archives: Digestion
As the new school year starts, we’re launching right into the human body and its systems – always thinking about how structure relates to function and how homeostasis is maintained.
First up, 6.1 Digestion, 6.2 Transport System and 6.4 Gas Exchange. Visit each of the pages for resources, including animations, presentations and Crash Course Biology videos. My class, we’re flipping this content, so complete the Quia quizzes before class.
Digestion – something you only want to go in one direction. But learning about digestion doesn’t have to go one way. As we are trying to reduce the burden of homework and to make any time spent working outside class as effective as possible, we’re going to try Flip Thinking.
Essentially, your homework takes place before class and you complete only the objective 1 command terms (the bits you don’t need me for). With that out of the way and a foundation in the language and diagrams of the topic, we can focus on the more complex items together.
Come to class with the objective 1 command terms completed in the Essential Biology for Digestion (Core). I have highlighted them in yellow. This should take no more than one of your study periods. If it takes longer, stop and let me know how far you got, as well as how effectively you were working.
Come to classes prepared with your laptop and don’t forget the resources we have available.
Essential Biology 6.1 Digestion (Core)
Key question: How many links can you make from Digestion to the others topics we have already studied in IB Biology?
I cannot take credit for this idea. Check out these resources:
- Flip Thinking from John Burrell (Click4Biology)
- Eric Mazur’s Science education research group
- Flip Thinking from Daniel Pink
- The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn
If, however, you find that this helps or hinders your progress, be sure to let me know.
Covering the core and AHL/ SL Option C content, here is a rundown of enzymes, from active sites to end-product inhibition. Again, there are lots of animation resources out there, many of which are used in the presentation – click on the shadowed images to go there.
Check out this article on the potential use of an enzyme in second-generation biofuels.
What is an enzyme? from Northland (the best one – including inhibitors, pathways and feedback inhibition)
How enzymes work from McGraw Hill
Enzyme basics from KScience.co.uk
A full collection of savable enzyme animations from Husam Medical
And John Giannini’s Enzyme collection is nice and clear.
Enzyme activity and kinetics
Enzyme kinetics from Wiley Interscience
Protein denaturation from McGraw Hill
Complete tutorial from Wiley Interscience
What is an enzyme? from Northland
Feedback (end product) inhibition from McGraw Hill
And here’s a quick run down on YouTube:
Here is the presentation for the Core section:
Class Notes to fill in here (pdf download – A3 size)
Some good links:
A great animation/tuturial on digestion of different types of foods from kitses.com
And an introduction to absorption(and villi):
Higher Level Content for the Further Human Physiology topic:
Class Notes to fill in are here (pdf file)
North Harris College animations collection
Gastric secretion animation from McGraw Hill
Digestion of lipids from ZeroBio
Heliobacter pylori and gastric pathology from Johns Hopkins
Absorption of Digested Foods:
Class Notes to fill in here (pdf download)
Colorado State has animations for active transport.
And, of course, here are JD and Turk to tell us about the diagnostic miracle of egestion:
Download it here: absorption-of-digested-foods.ppt
Virtual Fetal Pig dissection (digestive system) from Whitman
Zooming in – Intestine to epithelial cells (with comedy Lancashire accent) from UCLan’s Sonic Nursing project
Lots of digestion and absorption animations from Nutrition.jbpub.com
JD and Turk telling us how poo is used for diagnosis:
Download it here: digestionfhp.ppt
Let’s start with the basics:
Simple Digestion animation by kitses.com
And don’t forget the excellent review materials at Click4Biology.
Fetal pig digestive system virtual dissection from Whitman College
Control of digestive juice secretion:
Gastric acid production by parietal cells (advanced – look at ‘normal’ only) – John Hopkins
Another Gastric acid animation (over-detailed) PPIKnow Pharmacology website
Digestion of lipids:
Good animation from Wiley.com
Control of bile secretion (advanced) from ZeroBio.com
I’m still looking for animations for the other subtopics. If you find any, let me know!