Materials List: Food Pyramid Poster BLM, copy of school lunch menu, Internet access, science learning logs, Science Learning Log Rubric BLM.
Just as animals in the wild need proper habitats and food sources, so do humans. Facilitate a discussion about the dietary needs of human beings and recommended servings of different food groups (RDA).
Investigation Task: For this activity, the class will concentrate their discussion on the major food groups of meat, fruits and vegetables, milk products, and grains. Make copies of the school lunch menu to look at the food pyramid and a balanced diet. Have students discuss and determine where the foods on the menu should be placed in reference to the food pyramid. Visit http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/food/pyramid.html for more information on the food pyramid and healthy food choices. Next, have the students determine what additional food would be needed for breakfast, dinner, and healthy snacks to meet the daily requirements. Students can record their determinations in their science learning logs (view literacy strategy descriptions). Facilitate a discussion on how what we eat affects how we feel and grow. Discussion questions could include the following:
· Why is a balanced diet important?
· What effect does diet have on our bones, energy levels, and ability to concentrate?
Upon completing the unit, science learning logs will be assessed using the Science Learning Log Rubric BLM.