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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Reviews (19)
  • on Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:43 PM

This SciPack was extremely beneficial to me. Much of the information provided consisted of specific nutritional aspects that I had long forgotten. It was a much need refresher course that I genuinely enjoyed taking. The hands-on-activities and student preconceptions were my favorite! I look forward to sharing what I have learned with my future students.

Leslie Copas
Leslie Copas

  • on Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:47 PM

I really thought this SciPak was interesting and beneficial! Although lengthy, I found the information very helpful. I think that this content is very important to communicate with students through science curriculum and out of the best interest of their health.


  • on Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:28 PM

I thought this scipack was very informational. It was also very engaging.

Anisa  (Dayton, OH)
Anisa (Dayton, OH)

  • on Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:32 PM

This Sci-Pack was full of beneficial information about nutrition! I learned a lot from it, and I now know more about our body system, and hope to carry this information into my future classrooms.


  • on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:58 PM

Found this sci pack to be very informative and great for students of all grade levels, a few modifications would need to be made but overall it hit on several main topics in Nutrition.

Zoxchilt  (Fairborn, OH)
Zoxchilt (Fairborn, OH)

  • on Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:34 PM

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.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:32 PM

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.

Gina  (Ruidoso Downs, NM)
Gina (Ruidoso Downs, NM)

  • on Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:31 PM

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!


  • on Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:02 PM

Among my favorite lessons. This is very relevant to everyone who understands the value of the food we eat. Very empowering.

Ronaldo Relador  (Bowie, MD)
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)

  • on Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:48 PM

This is a bit simple, but maybe good for teachers who have never been exposed to nutrition before.

James Sharp  (El Paso, TX)
James Sharp (El Paso, TX)

  • on Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:12 PM

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.

Lesley  (San Antonio, TX)
Lesley (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:08 PM

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.

Delphine Malloy
Delphine Malloy

  • on Mon May 28, 2012 8:08 PM

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!!

Kathrin Mundinger
Kathrin Mundinger

  • on Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:58 PM

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.

Debbie  (Bolingbrook, IL)
Debbie (Bolingbrook, IL)

  • on Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:28 AM

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.

Eric Carlson  (Royal City, WA)
Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA)

  • on Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:55 PM

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.

Susan  (Issaquah, WA)
Susan (Issaquah, WA)

  • on Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:07 PM

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!

Katherine Jezidija-Kendall
Katherine Jezidija-Kendall

  • on Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:41 PM

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.

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:25 PM

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.

Tammi Kreckel
Tammi Kreckel

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