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In digestion


Follow the passage of food through the human body. Select foods and drinks and decide how to digest them. For example, choose to chew, to add saliva to the mouth or add gastric juices to the stomach. Watch how the body reacts to changes. Find out more about digestion along the way and answer questions.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate structures in the human digestive system and relate these to their functions.
  • Students investigate chemical and physical digestion processes and predict the functional effects of enzymes and physical variables on the human digestive system.
Educational value
  • Shows the structures that make up the human digestive system and explains their function.
  • Provides information about each stage of digestion with definitions and pronunciation of difficult words.
  • Enables students to choose three foods and make choices about the foods' passage through the human digestive system.
  • Provides feedback and shows consequences, for example vomiting, if an incorrect choice is made.
  • Explains problems such as choking, vomiting, stomach ache, gas and diarrhoea.
  • Provides a glossary that can be printed out.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6; 7

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Digestion
    • Science/Human body
    • Science/Nutrition
    • Science/Simple experiments
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence