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 different categories of nutrients the body needs and their functions, including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water.
- Recognize that the amounts of each type of nutrient the body needs are inputs in a system and that too much or too little of these nutrients can affect the parts and the whole of the body system.
- Recognize that good nutrition involves balancing the right amounts and right combinations (varieties) of nutrients for the activities that the body needs to undertake.
- Describe the role of water in carrying nutrients and providing the environment for physiological functions.