Digestion of a Hamburger

How do bodies digest all of the parts of a hamburger? An interesting video follows a hamburger through the digestive system, showing the pathway of digestion and explaining how each of the components of a hamburger—the bun, the meat, and the cheese—break down within the digestive system. It also introduces scholars to important structures and enzymes in the process of digestion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a review of the digestive system
  • Assign as an introduction in a flipped classroom assignment, then have learners break down something they ate for dinner before coming to class the next day
Classroom Considerations
  • General biology background knowledge would be helpful for understanding
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Narrator is engaging and funny
  • Real-life application makes the video more intriguing
  • None
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