It’s vacation time, but the Cumberland kids,can’t start their vacation until they
complete their summer learning assignment: How do mammals digest their food?
“Are you dressed and ready for your new assignment? I’m sure you will find this a
really great way to start your summer vacation.” said Mr. Burp.
Everyone entered the Digestion Waterworks Waterpark at the giant mouth. ”All goggles
on Everyone into a raft and hold on tight. We are going to follow digestion from the
beginning to the end!”,shouted Mr. Burp.
“We’re ready Mr. Burp!”,shouted Jon, Lisa, Mateo and Wan.
“Why is this one moving up, down and side to side with water shooting everywhere?”,
“Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing and saliva or what you call spit. Saliva
wets and begins to break down the food that is ripped and mashed by the teeth when
there is chewing. When the process is complete, the tongue pushes the food down the
tube called the esophagus(ee-sof-uh-gus)—and here we gooooo!!! AHHHH!!!”,screamed
“The first stop is the stomach where more liquids called acids,enzymes hormones and
water are added to the food to break it down even further.”,said Mr.Burp.
“This feels like a big washing machine!,said Wan.
“Some foods are quickly processed and stored in the liver for later use. The liver
is a warehouse and a filter. It stores packets of food that are processed into sugar
for the body and collects the parts that cannot be used by the body for disposal
later. The rest goes to the small intestine.”, said Mr. Burp.
“Uh-Oh! Now it’s drain time!”,said Wan.
“We are now entering the small intestines it is twenty two feet long in humans.”,
explained Mr. Burp.
“Most of your food is absorbed in the small intestines.”,stated Mr.Burp.
“Hey, this is like passing through a carwash! We keep passing through those fringe
“Those things you call “fringe curtains are called villi(vill-eye) in the small
intestine. The liquid food now passes through the villi into the bloodstream to the
muscles and tissues by the red blood cells.”, yelled Mr. Burp.
“Whoa! Where are we now?, asked Mateo.
“It sure is dark! Watch that curve!”, yelled Lisa.
“You are now in the large intestine. This is where some of the water you drink and
water from the food you eat is collected and absorbed by the body.”,explained Mr.
“It’s the real waterworks of the body!”,said Mateo.
“Yes. You are right, Mateo!”,said Mr. Burp. “It is also where the solid waste is
processed for disposal. The water from the large intestine is used to form stool or
feces(fee-sees) that is passed out of the body through the anus(A-nus).”
“Here we go!” yelled Jon, Lisa, Mateo and Wan as their raft shot out into a large
pool of fresh water. Wan said,”And now we are in a large toilet bowl waiting to be
“That’s right, Wan!”,said Mr. Burp.”And that‘s how we digest food. Are you ready
for your summer vacation?”
“YEAH!”, shouted Jon, Lisa, Mateo and Wan.