LESSON THREE: Introduction to Digestion- (What Happens To a Hamburger?)
The text used for this lesson is filled with science vocabulary. Students practice using context clues to develop new vocabulary. Students conduct a science experiment using the Inquiry Method.
R1E Develop vocabulary through text using context clues.
W3B Identify important information in text.
§ Source of Literature
o What Happens to a Hamburger by Paul Showers. If this book is not available, substitute any grade appropriate book about digestion such as What Happens When You Eat by Joy Richardson.
o Sugar cubes
o Wooden spoons
o Clear glasses
o Water (amount of supplies needed is based on whether activity is conducted individually or in groups)
§ Handouts provided
o Inquiry Method Activity Guide
§ Words to know
o context clues
Completion of the Inquiry Method Activity Guide. Assessment Scoring Guide
Where is this story going to take place?
What are the boys doing in this picture?
What do you think the children might be discussing?
How does the author/illustrator use the book cover to get you to read this book?
Book covers vary depending on the copyright date of your text. You will need to adjust your questions accordingly.
Does the word I am thinking of make sense in the sentence?
Is the word I’m thinking about the same length as the hidden word?
Does my word begin with the same sound?
Are there any other words that make sense and are the correct length?
What do you like to eat and why?
Can you feel your body digesting food?
How does your body turn solid food into liquid?
Why is this process important?
What is this process called?
Supplies needed; sugar cubes, plastic glasses, wooden spoons, water
§ Place two cubes of sugar in an empty glass.
§ Use a handle of wooden spoon to pound sugar into powder.
§ Pour some water into glass and stir until all powder has disappeared.
§ Take a drink of the water.
§ The sugar has disappeared. Can you still taste it?
In order to see the sugar breaking down, you will want to use sugar cubes not granulated sugar.
6. Discuss as a class what was learned from the experiment and how it relates to digestion as learned in the story.