Ch 11: Nutrient Digestion, Absorption & Transport: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Nutrient Digestion, Absorption & Transport chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach how the human body uses nutrients in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Nutrient Digestion, Absorption & Transport chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayCarbohydrate digestionChemical digestion, carbohydrate absorption, hydrolysis, monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, starch and sugars
TuesdayDigestion of proteins, lipids and fiberProtein, lipid and fiber absorption, bile salts, gallbladder, emulsification, enterogastrone and lacteals
WednesdayAbsorption of nutrientsAbsorption of nutrients in the bloodstream and lymphatic system, water, water-soluble vitamins, glycerol, minerals, cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins, fatty acids and monoglycerides
ThursdayGastrointestinal healthHealthy GI tract, digestive problems, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and diarrhea
FridayTransport of nutrientsTransport of lipids and other nutrients through the lymphatic and vascular systems

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: Nutrient Digestion, Absorption & Transport: Lesson Plans
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Absorption of Micronutrients and Water into the Bloodstream

1. Absorption of Micronutrients and Water into the Bloodstream

In this lesson, you will gain a deeper understanding of how and where absorption of micronutrients and water take place in your body. You will also learn how and where it enters your bloodstream.

Absorption of Nutrients to the Lymphatic System

2. Absorption of Nutrients to the Lymphatic System

In the lesson, we will explore the lymphatic system and how it functions. You will learn about the parts of your body that make up your lymphatic system and what nutrients are absorbed there.

Carbohydrate Digestion and Absorption: Process & End Products

3. Carbohydrate Digestion and Absorption: Process & End Products

Carbohydrates that you eat are broken down to monosaccharides by enzymes in your digestive tract. In this lesson, you will learn about these digestive enzymes and how monosaccharides are absorbed out of the digestive tract.

Chemical Digestion of Carbohydrates: Definition & Process

4. Chemical Digestion of Carbohydrates: Definition & Process

Carbohydrates are an important energy source, but must be broken down to be absorbed out of the digestive tract. In this lesson, you will learn how disaccharides and polysaccharides are broken down to monosaccharides through a process called hydrolysis.

Gastrointestinal Health & Digestive Problems

5. Gastrointestinal Health & Digestive Problems

In this lesson, you will learn about digestive health, your gastrointestinal tract and what you can do to keep it healthy. You will also learn about symptoms of common digestive problems.

How are Nutrients Transported Around the Body?

6. How are Nutrients Transported Around the Body?

There are specific steps involved in nutrient transportation to ensure that your body gets what it needs to function properly. This lesson explores how nutrients are transported throughout your body.

How Fiber is Digested by the Body

7. How Fiber is Digested by the Body

In this lesson, you will learn how and where fiber is digested in your body. You will also gain a clear understanding of the different types of fiber and their potential health benefits.

Lipids Digestion and Absorption

8. Lipids Digestion and Absorption

Lipids, or fats, are digested and absorbed in the small intestine. In this lesson, you will learn how bile salts emulsify fat so pancreatic lipase can digest it. You will also learn how fats first enter lymphatic capillaries, called lacteals, before entering your blood circulation.

Protein Digestion and Absorption Process

9. Protein Digestion and Absorption Process

Protein is one of the primary nutrients your body uses to build cellular structures. In this lesson, you will learn how protein is broken down into amino acids within your digestive tract and how amino acids are absorbed out of the intestines and into the hepatic portal system.

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