Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object is the first of four Science Objects in the Nutrition SciPack. It demonstrates that all living organisms require food for functioning, renewal, and growth. Animals use both plants and other animals as food. Food provides the necessary energy for bodily movement and physiological processes. It also provides substances needed to repair and create bodily structures and regulate physiological processes such as cellular activity or immune responses. Nutrients, the substances and elements in food that the body requires, are classified according to their composition. For humans, these nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water. Carbohydrates, fats, and protein are present in foods in larger amounts. Vitamins and minerals are present in only small amounts. Water, an essential nutrient, is part of every body cell and contributes to all physiological processes.
Ideas For Use
Science Objects are two hour learning experiences teachers can use to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept. Teachers can access any topic “on demand” from the Internet. Topics are based on the science literacy goals in the national standards (NSES, Science for All Americans, Benchmarks, and the Atlas of Scientific Literacy) and tied to state standards.
Each Science Object provides an understanding of the science content by providing a structured set of learning experiences through simulations and practice assessments. Science Objects challenge teachers to explore and explain real world phenomena and are founded on the principle that learners must be challenged with a problem, observation, data, etc., in order to develop scientific understanding. Science Objects utilize the five phases of inquiry-based learning: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate
- Identify the role of food as a source of both energy and matter for the body to use for growth and repair.
- Define nutrients as substances that the body needs for proper functioning.
- Recognize that foods are needed to obtain the molecules the body needs.
- Describe that food is derived from other living things (plants and animals).
- Identify the categories of nutrients and the relative amounts needed.
NSTA also has the great SciGuide and free SciObjects abailable to members. They are a wonderful resource for elementary...
Posted in Life Science
by Patricia Rourke
on Mon May 09, 2011 7:14 PM
The Nutrition SciPack contains a great deal of information about the chemistry and biology related to the food we eat. T...
Posted in Chemistry
by Jennifer Rahn
on Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:44 PM
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|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator
|Educational Issues:||Inquiry learning, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge
|Resource Format:||application/x-shockwave-flash, audio/mp3, text/html, video/quicktime
|Installation Remarks:||Run the Science Objects System Check to ensure that your system is capable of viewing the simulations: http://ecommerce2.nsta.org/system_check/
|Requirements:||Requires Macromedia Flash Player and Apple Quicktime Player
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