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Type of Resource: SciPack
Average Rating: Rating
 based on 14 reviews
Publication Title: None
Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School


SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.

The Nutrition SciPack, co-developed between FDA and NSTA, provides an overview of nutrition and the other factors that contribute to making choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle. The main focus is on the main types of nutrients and how much of each are needed to maintain a healthy body, depending on individual lifestyles. It also covers the role nutrients and energy from food play in your body’s processes, how food is broken down so it can be used by your body, and balancing nutrients for your body’s needs and activities. This SciPack touches on Standards and Benchmarks related to cells, the function of cells (and groups of cells) in body systems, and energy, matter, and molecules in cells; however, the overall topic of nutrition is an interdisciplinary subject matter.

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Nutrition Scipack
Posted in Chemistry by Carolyn Mohr on Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:56 PM

Hi Rochelle, I couldn't agree with you more! What an excellent resource!! The [url=
Posted in Life Science by Melissa Lopez on Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:45 PM

The NSTA website has a great variety of information and resources to help teachers instruct and make their students awar...
I need a Nutrition Class Project... any ideas?
Posted in Elementary Science by Carolyn Mohr on Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:13 PM

Hi Daliz, I noticed that some ideas have been already posted at the "[url=
Posted in Life Science by Ronaldo Relador on Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:07 PM

Those who have not tried these two scipacks, you could learn a lot from them.
Organic Molecules
Posted in Chemistry by Jennifer Rahn on Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:44 PM

The Nutrition SciPack contains a great deal of information about the chemistry and biology related to the food we eat. T...

Additional Info

Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Cell respiration
Chemical reactions
Cellular structures
Membrane transport
Cardiovascular system
Digestive system
Excretory system
Respiratory system
Physical fitness
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator
Educational Issues:Inquiry learning, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 11 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 11 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Life Science
    • Structure and function in living systems
      • Important levels of organization for structure and function include cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, whole organisms, and ecosystems (5-8)
      • Different tissues are in turn grouped together to form larger functional units, called organs. (5-8)
      • Each type of cell, tissue, and organ has a distinct structure and set of functions that serve the organism as a whole. (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)
    • Populations and ecosystems
      • Energy entering ecosystems as sunlight is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis. (5-8)
    • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
      • Plants capture energy by absorbing light and using it to form strong (covalent) chemical bonds between the atoms of carbon-containing (organic) molecules. These molecules can be used to assemble larger molecules with biological activity (including proteins, DNA, sugars, and fats). (9-12)
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
    • Personal health
      • Nutrition is essential to health.
      • Regular exercise is important to the maintenance and improvement of health. (5-8)
      • 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
    • Research-Based
      • Address teachers' needs as learners and build on their current knowledge of science content, teaching, and learning. (NSES)

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User Reviews

I highly recommend SciPacks
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on August 27, 2014
  The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic. I had a lot of fear of science before learning about the NSTA Learning Center, and Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format. However, the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area. Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Nutrition SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about this topic.

Tons of info!
  Gina (Ruidoso Downs, NM) on April 9, 2013
  Very informative, user-friendly, and interesting. Excellent interactive activities, and wonderful suggestions for hands-on activities. I'm eager to use this in the classroom. My ONLY objection is that the Final Assessment has some ambiguous questions that I couldn't defend well in class, but the imbedded quizzes have lots of excellent questions.

A breakdown for Nutrition
  Melissa on June 13, 2012
  As an adult there are many topics and concepts that I do not remember learning in science as a child. As a future educator I believe it is important for me to know and refresh on those concepts. This SciPack helped me do just that! It broke everything down so that it was easy to understand and was a great tool for me to freshen up on the topic. It even gave me some great ideas on how to introduce the concept to my students as well as tools and activities I can do in my classroom. Thank you for this resource!

My Review of Nutrition
  Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD) on December 20, 2011
  Among my favorite lessons. This is very relevant to everyone who understands the value of the food we eat. Very empowering.

  James Sharp (El Paso, TX) on March 31, 2014
  This is a bit simple, but maybe good for teachers who have never been exposed to nutrition before.

information great - assessments not so much
  Lesley (San Antonio, TX) on June 27, 2012
  I learned a lot from the Pack, have visited links for more information, and am glad that I went through the learning opportunity. However, I too was frustrated by the pop-up windows that were not big enough to read all the text and the incredibly vauge. I felt well prepared for the final assessment and still had to take it all three times in order to pass (and I still had a low score). I plan to communicate with a nutrition expert to clear up the questions I was unsure of.

The Power of Nutrition
  Delphine Malloy on June 18, 2012
  The information provided in this learning experience was interesting. It sugested energy is released from food, which is counted in calories. It is important to adjust your food intake to your life style. Keeping mind if you are active and not very active. As teenagers this is not always taken in consideration. The topic also suggested that we eat a variety of foods so that we will be able to supply the body with the 6 nutrients our bodies need to grow and repair. Even too much of anything is not good for us, we should include some fat(lipids) in out diet. As we grow the needs for our bodies change. We should keep in mind some of the familiar health issues we face today such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer to name a few. The vocabulary was extensive which included all the vocabulary involved in this topic even some that I had not considered when this lesson was reviewed. The resources were numeerous and some I was familiar with.

Great information for 5th grade Science content
  Kathrin Mundinger on May 28, 2012
  I really enjoyed the refreshing information this SciPack provided me. I was happy to relearn info I had already committed to memory because it boosted my confidence as a 5th grade science teacher. I enjoyed the deeper understanding and many of the activities that I believe my students could benefit from as well. The hard work was worth the effort!!

Stressful Tests
  Debbie (Bolingbrook, IL) on April 22, 2012
  I agree with some other reviewers that the questions on the tests are tricky, you think you understand them but the wording is poor. I went to school to be a dietitian (long time ago) and I didn't remember much of this information but had a hard time passing the test. I loved the intereactive pieces but some of them I could not read ll the information such as the vitamins and minerals matching. Loved the information and experiments for classroom activities but will definately make up my own tests.

Long, but informative
  Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA) on March 13, 2012
  It was interesting to see how the food guide recommendations have changed through the years. It looks like the government is trying to make things simpler just to get the message through. At times, nutrition seems like an an alphabet soup of acronyms, with AMDR, AI, UL, and DRA, to name a few. I felt like I got bogged down in acronyms at times. I don't know that I blame the SciPack for that--it's just how the world of nutrition is. I do think that some parts of it made proper nutrition seem like a bit of a chore. Track your fruits, track your grains, track your vegetables, track your calories. At the end of the day, however, few things are as applicable to people as proper nutrition, and a strong message about taking care of your body is definitely needed in this country.

worth your time
  Susan (Issaquah, WA) on February 20, 2012
  This scipak is worth the time. Nice graphics, well timed variety of acitivities. Love the sugar hands on activity! One comment - it was disappointing to use the check your thinking boxes but be unable to read the message if it was longer than two lines.

Excellent, but Tricky!...
  Katherine Jezidija-Kendall on January 15, 2012
  The content was excellent and the hands-on-activites were really good. I will use many of them in my classes. I liked all the videos and little pop-ups too. What I didn't like were the REALLY tricky questions written in the quizzes and final test. Many had me second guessing myself and sometimes the wording, especially in the reverse true-falses (for example, which of the following are NOT....) I thought were terribly confusing. Word of advice, read the questions slooooow-ly and look for one tiny word to make a difference in your answer!

  James Johnson (Custer City, PA) on December 15, 2012
  The subject matter was complete and well written but the assessment was not aligned with the SciPack quizzes and practice questions. Too much minutia rather that understanding, mastery, and comprehension. On the multiple answer questions you could have 3 out of 5 answers correct, have a final response that is subject to interpretation and end up with no credit for the question if you went the wrong way. Can't understand why they don't score the number of correct responses out of the possible total responses. It would make a lot more sense to me.

Valuable resource for Nutrition guidelines
  Tammi Kreckel on November 22, 2011
  The information found in this scipack is invaluable. Also included are a variety of hands on activities, and animations which help to support the information. However, I found that in some of the animations the text boxes were too small so although information was provided it could not be accessed. Also during the assessments some questions where the participant is requested to 'check all that apply' had choices which were poorly worded or extremely general which caused confusion. When the final exam was complete, I could not access the correct answers to the questions deemed incorrect without having to research the topic. Please note that although the final results lists questions as being incorrect, partial credit is given for questions where multiple answers are required. Overall the Scipack has wonderful information and activities. It is worth the time. Just be sure to take good notes and read carefully during the assessment.