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The Digestive System consists of four handy, printable black-and-white Student Worksheets (PLUS Answer Sheets) that will not just save teachers valuable lesson preparation time but also help students to revise and/or improve their understanding of this essential and fundamental topic in biology.

The Digestive System begins with a labeling and color-coding exercise whereby students are required to identify (i) organs that provide a passage for food to travel through (ii) organs that add certain chemicals to the food and (iii) organs in which the processes of mechanical digestion, chemical digestion and absorption take place. They are then required to answer some revision questions and complete a crossword puzzle on Digestive System Processes.

The Digestive System covers the following:

  • why is digestion necessary?

  • organs of the digestive system

  • difference between chemical and mechanical digestion

  • the process of absorption

  • special features of the small intestine

  • effect of (i) enzymes and (ii) bile on food

  • functions of the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, epiglottis and esophagus

Along with printable worksheets, a digital (PowerPoint) version of this resource is included here at no extra cost, giving teachers a choice as to which they prefer to use – taking into account the different learning styles of their students.

The Digestive System is not just about answering questions. Your students will enjoy the ‘active’ nature of the task here, requiring them to:

  • analyze diagrams

  • label diagrams

  • color-code/color-in

  • add features to diagrams

  • complete a crossword puzzle

The Digestive System includes an Answer Key (PDF) with images in full color that look great on the big screen and can be used to facilitate good class discussion. Answers provided are also well detailed, so there is no need to research or fact-check here; it’s all been done for you.

I hope you and your students find this product useful and that you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Praise for Ariana’s Active Science & Biology worksheets:

“I used about 95% of the worksheets with my kids this year and it was a gem during remote learning. Honestly the best resource I’ve ever purchased” – Emma Palmer (via Facebook)

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