Resource Image Nutrition: Grades 9-12
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Type of Resource: SciGuide
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 based on 3 reviews
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Grade Level: College, High School, Informal Education, Middle School


SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts. This SciGuide was co-developed between FDA and NSTA.

Nutrition can be defined quite simply as the science of how the body uses food. But what is food? How does food transform into substances that nourish the body? What do those substances do, and what foods provide them? And how do we make informed food choices to sustain life?

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Additional Info

Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Cell respiration
Chemical reactions
Digestive system
Intended User Role:College/University Professor (preservice science education), Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, New Teacher, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
Educational Issues:Achievement, Assessment of students, Careers, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Integrating technology, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 15 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 15 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Life Science
    • The cell
      • The process of photosynthesis provides a vital connection between the sun and the energy needs of living systems. (9-12)
      • Most cell functions involve chemical reactions. (9-12)
      • Food molecules taken into cells react to provide the chemical constituents needed to synthesize other molecules. (9-12)
      • Both breakdown and synthesis are made possible by a large set of protein catalysts, called enzymes. (9-12)
      • The breakdown of some of the food molecules enables the cell to store energy in specific chemicals that are used to carry out the many functions of the cell. (9-12)
    • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
      • Living systems require a continuous input of energy to maintain their chemical and physical organizations. With death, and the cessation of energy input, living systems rapidly disintegrate. (9-12)
      • Energy stored in bonds between the atoms (chemical energy) can be used as sources of energy for life processes. (9-12)
      • The chemical bonds of food molecules contain energy. (9-12)
      • Energy is released when the bonds of food molecules are broken and new compounds with lower energy bonds are formed. (9-12)
      • As matter and energy flows through different levels of organization of living systems--cells, organs, organisms, communities--and between living systems and the physical environment, chemical elements are recombined in different ways. (9-12)
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
    • Personal health
      • Nutrition is essential to health.
      • Students should understand how the body uses food and how various foods contribute to health.
    • Personal and community health
      • Selection of foods and eating patterns determine nutritional balance. (9-12)
      • Nutritional balance has a direct effect on growth and development and personal well-being. (9-12)
  • Process Standards for Professional Development
    • Design
      • Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)

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User Reviews

I love SciGuides!
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on September 17, 2014
  SciGuides are really fantastic. If I ever teach HS nutrition, I can be confident knowing I'll have the Nutrition: Grades 9-12 SciGuide to go to for lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources. I'll be able to create outstanding lessons in a shorter amount of time since many resources are easily accessible in this SciGuide.

My Review of Nutrition 9-12
  Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD) on January 17, 2012
  This is probably one of the most practical sci-guides there is in the NSTA collection of learning resources. It provides scientific framework in order for individuals: both young and adults to have informed choices on what or how to prepare and get their daily nutritional sources.

Creative site
  Lynn Y on May 11, 2012
  Advertising’s Hidden Messages site was a creative way to teach students how they can make better choices. One activity they could participate in was to eat healthier at fast food places. This activity is very applicable because it gave examples of how small changes in the selection of foods at fast food places could eliminate unnecessary calories.