The Nutty Professor (1996)
Concept featured in clip: Digestive system - Bacterial induced flatulence; Lower bowel area
Location of clip: DVD: 0:15:00 - 0:16:03


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Summary of clip: The entire family is around the dinner table eating and are plagued with gas. Farting ensues by various family members.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: As part of a learning cycle, this clip can be an engaging way to begin the discussion of the digestive system, especially in terms of gas causing foods.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. The Klumps clearly have gas. What is it about certain foods that causes gas? What parts of the digestive system are involved with flatulence?

b. What sorts of foods were the Klumps eating? Is it realistic to think that the dinner is actually what is causing the gas? How quickly does the digestive system react to various foods in terms of producing gas?

c. What role do bacteria play in the production of gas?

d. If you are wanting to focus on the actual chewing process, students could look at the rate of the food consumption and its possible effect on producing gas.

e. Colon cleansing is frequently done at various spas (per Mama's comments below). Is there any scientific evidence that colon cleansing is effective?

Mama Klump: I think I do remember hearing somethin' on TV about colon cleansin'. They say everyone should have one. I'm thinkin' about gettin' me an appointment and go down and get my colon cleansed thoroughly.
Papa Klump: You want your colon cleansed? Fine, I'm gonna clean mine! [Farts.] There, my colon is clean. My colon is squeaky clean!

2. For a possible assessment, you could show the clip and then have students chart the pathway of one of the food items shown in the clip through the entire digestive system.

3. Students could also observe each family member and chart the various nutrients that is being consumed and the digestive processes needed to absorb those nutrients (e.g. carbohydrates in the mashed potatoes).