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The esophagus remains as a simple, straight tube. And the gallbladder serves as a warehouse for bile, storing it until the body needs it. From here, food travels to the esophagus or swallowing tube. Facts matter and Britannica Insights makes it easier to find them. Can you guess where it ends up? To determine the amount of time for something to pass through the digestive system:
The Digestive and Endocrine System Game
The movement of the tongue against the hard palate and the cheeks helps to form a rounded mass, or bolus , of food. The lips, two fleshy folds that surround the mouth, are composed externally of skin and internally of mucous membrane , or mucosa. The mucosa is rich in mucus-secreting glands, which together with saliva ensure adequate lubrication for the purposes of speech and mastication. The cheeks, the sides of the mouth, are continuous with the lips and have a similar structure.
A distinct fat pad is found in the subcutaneous tissue the tissue beneath the skin of the cheek; this pad is especially large in infants and is known as the sucking pad.
On the inner surface of each cheek, opposite the second upper molar tooth, is a slight elevation that marks the opening of the parotid duct, leading from the parotid salivary gland , which is located in front of the ear.
Just behind this gland are four to five mucus-secreting glands, the ducts of which open opposite the last molar tooth. The roof of the mouth is concave and is formed by the hard and soft palate. The hard palate is formed by the horizontal portions of the two palatine bones and the palatine portions of the maxillae, or upper jaws. The hard palate is covered by a thick, somewhat pale mucous membrane that is continuous with that of the gums and is bound to the upper jaw and palate bones by firm fibrous tissue.
The soft palate is continuous with the hard palate in front. Posteriorly it is continuous with the mucous membrane covering the floor of the nasal cavity.
The soft palate is composed of a strong, thin, fibrous sheet, the palatine aponeurosis, and the glossopalatine and pharyngopalatine muscles. A small projection called the uvula hangs free from the posterior of the soft palate. The floor of the mouth can be seen only when the tongue is raised. In the midline is a prominent, elevated fold of mucous membrane frenulum linguae that binds each lip to the gums, and on each side of this is a slight fold called a sublingual papilla , from which the ducts of the submandibular salivary glands open.
Running outward and backward from each sublingual papilla is a ridge the plica sublingualis that marks the upper edge of the sublingual under the tongue salivary gland and onto which most of the ducts of that gland open. The gums consist of mucous membranes connected by thick fibrous tissue to the membrane surrounding the bones of the jaw. The gum membrane rises to form a collar around the base of the crown exposed portion of each tooth. Rich in blood vessels, the gum tissues receive branches from the alveolar arteries; these vessels, called alveolar because of their relationship to the alveoli dentales, or tooth sockets, also supply the teeth and the spongy bone of the upper and lower jaws, in which the teeth are lodged.
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Amylase - digests starch. Lipase - digests fat. Ribonuclease - digests nucleic acids. Small intestine absorption of food molecules and water Small intestine is the major place for digestion and absorption. Folds, villi, and microvilli increases the surface area for absorption. Absorbs digested food into circulation fats into lacteals, all others into capillaries. Active transport occurs to absorb against the concentration gradient.
Facilitated diffusion then the glucose will go from the extracellular fluid to blood. Pancreas is the major source for enzymes. However, the small intestine does make some of its own enzymes, including protease and amylase.
This neutralization facilitates enzymes in the small intestine, which would be denatured by stomach pH. How does food move through the digestive system? Take a section of nylons or tights open at both ends and a smooth round object. Hold the section of tights up with the round item in it, showing that gravity is not forcing the egg through the tights.
Using your hands you can demonstrate the contraction of muscles that pushes the food through. This one really floors the kids. The idea for this demonstration came from a combination of one of the hands-on labs included in our Real Science Odyssey Life Level One curriculum a good example of the simple activities that curriculum includes for hands-on learning and the Science Matters blog. We cut various strings and yarns to the length of the actual organs in the digestive system.
I liked the idea of making each item a different color or thickness to more clearly show the relative sizes. I used a thin rope for the small intestine and a thick rope for the large.
It helped my son understand and then explain to others that the small intestine is actually much longer than the large intestine, but is smaller in diameter. Other than the specific resources I listed already, these are the books and other things we used to learn all about the digestive system. Magic School Bus Human Body: Easy Make and Learn Projects: Human Body has a terrific digestive system poster with flaps.
We blew this up and used it as our display at science fair. This book has fun-to-read explanations and a lot of hands-on demonstrations and experiments for the entire body. This was a good idea. I am a 7th grade science teacher and the lab I had planned tomorrow was boring and very forgetful. An interesting and a simplified method to explain the process of digestion to the 7th grade scholars.
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