Ask Jimmy and the Bug
art by Dean Stanton, text by Ellen Braaf
Hey Bug! The 4th grader at Keller School wants to know: “If you eat too much will you explode?
- How is a person's digestive process different from a starfish's digestive process?
[anno: A person takes food into the body through the mouth. The starfish pushes its stomach out of its body and wraps it around the food.]
- The small intestine is a long tube coiled up inside the human body. After food leaves the stomach, it spends a long time traveling through the small intestine. Why do you think the small intestine is so long?
[anno: Answers may vary but could include that the small intestine is long because the body needs time to get the nutrients it needs from the food.]
- What do you think happens to the nutrients that a person's body collects from the food the person ate?
[anno: Answers may vary but could include that the nutrients are used to help maintain the body and give the body energy. Some nutrients may be stored in cells for use later.]