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Type of Resource: SciGuide
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 based on 15 reviews
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Grade Level: Elementary 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.

Eat smart, move more. To younger school-age kids, learning about nutrition is all about the food. But that's just part of the story. Nutrition education is science-based, addressing how food turns into you - and how smart food choices can help you be your personal best! Physical activity often fits into the message. What is food for living things? How is food digested so it can provide energy and help you grow and stay healthy? What are nutrients, what do they do, and where do they come from?

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Teaching about Nutrition
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Nutrition Scipack
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I need a Nutrition Class Project... any ideas?
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Nutrition SciPack
Posted in Life Science by Carolyn Mohr on Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:37 PM

You all probably already know this, but just in case... There are three different SciGuides for Nutrition - one for eac...

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


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Life Science
    • Structure and function in living systems
      • Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function (5-8)
      • Important levels of organization for structure and function include cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, whole organisms, and ecosystems (5-8)
      • The human organism has systems for digestion, respiration, reproduction, circulation, excretion, movement, control, and coordination, and for protection from disease. These systems interact with one another. (5-8)
  • 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.
      • Food provides energy and nutrients for growth and development (5-8)
      • Nutrition requirements vary with body weight, age, sex, activity, and body functioning. (5-8)
  • 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. When it's time to teach about nutrition, I can be confident knowing I'll have the Nutrition: Grades K-4 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.

Engaging and Interactive Nutrition Resources
  Alana on November 10, 2012
  The Nutrition SciGuide is a fantastic resource to get ideas how to teach nutritional lessons. The SciGuide is broken up into three sections, Food, Body Functions, and Food Choices. The sections all relate to each other, while breaking up the topic of nutrition into important and useful parts. Each section has an abundance of lessons, interactive websites, and kid-friendly resources. The lesson plans are well organized, descriptive, and easy to follow. They are formatted for specific grade levels, but can be adapted for all grade levels. I did find a few web links that didn’t connect to the site, but I used Google to find the correct link. I recommend this SciGuide to any teacher looking for a place to start when teaching nutrition. The SciGuide is a wealth of information readily available and easily accessible.

colection review
  Yaquie Lopez (MIAMI, Florida) on June 10, 2012
  This sciguide talks about the nutrition in Elementary schools. It talks about how nutrition education is science-based. It explains how smart food choices can help you be the best you can be. It brings up the importance about physical activities and to be physically fit. Some questions that are brought up are “What is food for living things? And what are nutrients? What do they do and where do they come from? I like this sciguide because it helps students learn at a young age what is good for them and to be smart about what they are putting in their bodies. Students get to participate and learn such things like the sun is a source of energy for plants and the animal’s hat eat plants. It makes me glad that students are learning about nutrients and good and bad food to consume. This is important at that age because children at that age are not consuming the correct foods. Eating better leads to a healthier body and healthier life. The sciguides explains that you can now explore nutrition through three themes such as online downloadable classroom activities. I like that students can go online and learn these things because the online services provides games and activities t get the students involved and they are learning as they are having fun playing.

Nutrition SciGuide Review
  Jana on April 28, 2012
  I found the Nutrition SciGuide lesson plans to be very focused and easy to understand. The SciGuide provided a lot of extra resources that I could use to carry out the lessons with my kindergarteners. I also liked that the extension ideas. I used them as homework to get the parents involved with their learning. I complete the Food Choices lesson with my students and they loved it. It was a great way to teach my students about making healthier food choices. My class really liked the Eat Your Colors activity.

Importance of Nutrition
  Eve Nishikawa on April 19, 2012
  I highly recommend and enojoyed this SciGuide because it allows students to create their personal food pyramid. Students need to be taught that they are accountable of what they eat. It is very important to be aware of these habits at a young age so they know what is good or bad for them. Habits are very difficult to break so we need to teach them the value of good nutrition at an early age. However this can be difficult for children to control especially since they have to eat what their parents feed them, but if try to teach them as much as we can about eating healthy at an early age it will help them to make better choices in the future on what they should or should not eat. They can also teach their parents and hopefully as a family they can all be more aware of their diet.

Nutrition: Grades K-4
  Shawna F on April 8, 2012
  This SciPack has many great tools for educators to use with their students. There are sections that tie in body systems, food webs, and the water cycle with nutrition. I appreciate this approach to learning multiple standards through one subject. Under the nutrition section, there are many links for both teachers and primary age students. The section for Energy links are primarily for teacher resources. All in all a great place to find resources on nutrition.

My Review of Nutrition K-4
  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.

Life Sciences review on Organisms
  Eugene Pascual on December 1, 2012
  This science guide on life science is a great resource for the elementary classroom. This guide has provided me with math graphs and vocabulary to help me with integrating language arts and math curriculum into the science curriculum. The Science Guide Map is very resourceful to plan well in advance a map for a quarter or semester. What I truly enjoyed in reviewing this science guide were the web links that allowed me to a plethora of information. You can easily spend many hours developing your plan. The guide map provides starting points for your lessons. In a displayed treemap, the science guide is broken down in three themed areas: community, ecosystems, and environment. By clicking any of these themed curriculum, a general focus can be developed by browsing through this specific site as it is linked to another site. These links can send you to websites for national geographic, university,, educational, science links, etc. Some lessons are provided with support of videos, worksheets, activities. The lessons are well detailed for any teacher to pick up and do with preparation. The science guides has helped me with my lessons with life science for the 4th grade. I was able to make science more interesting with learning about the cell structures between an animal and plant. This activity helped open a segway into the life cycles of animals, food chains, food webs and the effects it has on the environment. I’m using questions generated from the science guides and have changed my lesson multiple times to integrate other new information from the website. My favorite of this science guide that I found very useful in the classroom has been the ecosystem themes. I thought that this would help in my lessons which are currently on life science. Learning about food chains and food webs. With the help of the website, I was able to make photo copies of the various animals from different systems: land, ocean, air. Students would need to take a photo copy and form a food chain by moving themselves in the correct order. If a student could not find a spot, the class would discuss the possibilities. Some students were able to discover that omnivores were more versatile in the food chain making themselves more important. The ideas that I got were from reading many of the lessons. The ecosystem had many great ideas to choose from and hands on activities for kids.

Nutritional sites
  DonnaLynn Samuelu on November 30, 2012
  After going through the SciPack for Nutrition, I think my expectations were high for the Sciguide. The guide doesn't have as many resources or a variety of topics that come to mind as you do the Scipack. There also aren't too many resources for lower elementary. I think they should include more so that lower teachers can really set a good foundation for students as they gain more in depth understanding of nutrition. It’s like any other concept that is taught first a basic understanding is needed and then more in depth explanations and ideas can be incorporated. With this I appreciated the many animations and activities that were included in this Sciguide. I did use some of the websites as resources to guide my lessons for my younger students. The websites included many different types of resources that were available like hands-on activities, videos, animations, etc.

Nutrition :Grades K - 4
  Arleen B on November 4, 2012
  The Nutrition: Grades K - 4 Sci-Pack is filled with useful information for the primary grade levels. The SciPacks offers many resources and worksheets for classroom use. The linked resouces were very useful for a variety of videos and clips that can be used in my Kindergarten classroom. The videos and clips will explain such topics as things in your refridgerator and the need for calcium for strong bones. The worksheets made available are simple for the Kindergarten students to follow and cute too. The SciPack is a great resource for the primary grade levels.

Review of Nutrition Sciguide K-4
  Alicia Mochizuki on October 6, 2012
  I enjoyed reading this sciguide. It has a lot of useful information as an educator (e.g., possible lesson plans, links to other websites about nutrition). It also helped me create lesson plans and I found links to use to meet student IEP goals.

Teaching about Nutrition
  Ryan T on September 15, 2012
  The Nutrition SciGuide is a great way for any teacher to get started in having their students think about eating healthy. The lesson plans are very straight forward and can easily be implemented in the classroom. The changes recently made by the government make the lessons easier however, the "plate idea" does not always provide the best ways to teach about nutrition. As an avid crossfitter and "paleo" eater I have different opinions about nutrition and they do differ from this SciGuide. But for any teacher who needs to teach about nutrition this is a great place to start. But as the biggest role model to your students you need to practice what you preach and live a nutritious life so that your students will do the same. The only way to keep our students healthy is for you to eat healthy yourself. So follow the nutritional guidelines yourself and make this a change that all can follow.

Nutrition Facts
  Patricia Reid (Mililani, HI) on November 18, 2011
  Have you ever wondered about Nutrition? If you have, this SciGuide is for you. It covers three main areas: Food, Body Functions and Food Choices. Each area has media clips, other resources you can go to and lesson plans. The lesson plans are written in a way that it is clear what you are expected to do and step by step directions. The plans are for elementary students. This SciGuide is easy to read and to follow the links. Each of the sections gives a background information, which is useful before clicking on the links. Each main topics have subtopics under them and they have a brief background about them.

SciGuide Nutrition
  Catherine Hawkins on September 20, 2011
  I found this Sciguide to be comprehensive and filled with excellent resources. I agree with the opening statement that as educators we must go beyond teaching students just about food and food choices, but need to take the time to really educate them about how our bodies use food and where food comes from. I think making this connection for students will help them with other important issues such as sustainability and ecology as well. The food pyramid has been changed or will soon be changed so that part of the sciguide will need to be updated - however, all the other parts of the sciguide are excellent and timeless in their resources. I really like the little map section of the sciguide which provides a quick and easy way to get around to the sections that you want to access. The right hand tabs of the sciguide are my favorite though! Each lesson plan is well detailed and also able to be adjusted for different age groups with a fair amount of ease. I liked the technology links that allow students to access simulations, videos and games. I showed my students an excellent video about photosynthesis and was impressed at how engaging it was. The link to the community forum is also helpful as I have found many additional resources in the community forum section. If I were to change anything it may be to have some lesson plans that are for younger students - K-2. Most of the lesson plans I viewed and considered needed to be adjusted down for my students. It would be nice to see a range of lesson plans. In summary however, I think the Sciguides are a tremendous resource for teachers! I am thrilled to have access to such high quality resources. What a wonderful resource for Hawaii Teachers!

Some stuff, I will need to supplement elsewhere
  Kellee Kelly (Ewa Beach, HI) on October 4, 2012
  Compared to some of the other SciGuides, this one does not have as much content. There is a couple lesson plans that can be used but nothing that fits my concept of what is applicable for my class. There are a few great links to outside activities for kids to practice. I will be needing to create my own, and I will be doing a broad search on the NSTA website to see if there is any other ideas.