Going Bananas Over Fruit: Using Habits of Mind to Foster Nutritional Literacyby: Rachel Wilson, Georgia Wood Hodges, Anne Haddox, Alejandro Arrington, and Deborah Tippins

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Science literacy for all students is an education goal in the United States, as well as in many other parts of the world. Habits of mind are the skills and attitudes that students need to develop in order to understand science as a way of thinking. In this standards-based era, habits of mind can be readily incorporated to teach multiple content areas, in the natural sciences as well as in integrated settings. The authors’ purpose in designing this unit was to develop habits of mind in middle school learners. Throughout this unit, habits of mind standards are stressed as a way to increase science literacy, specifically, nutritional literacy, in middle school learners.

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  • on Tue May 05, 2015 5:48 PM

Habits of mind skills are ever-so present in science content areas, yet many students do not use metacognition to understand t deeper. This article does a great job at providing readers with a background of each activity, then ways to implement nutritional literacy at the middle school stage using habits of mind skills. The activities provided are ones that teachers can use in their classrooms, but tweak it to fit their students’ needs. I would definitely use the resources provided in the article when planning to use this activity. These activities are rather in depth and easy to implement. Examples are provided, yet they can be changed according to how the teacher believes his/her students learn best. Throughout these activities there are probing questions to cause students to think deeper and use their habits of mind skills. These activities would most likely make their way into my nutritional curriculum during the school year.

Elizabeth  (Lansing, MI)
Elizabeth (Lansing, MI)

  • on Sat Oct 16, 2010 5:30 PM

Several activities are provided for students to construct their own understanding of what nutrition really is. Especially enjoyed the activity where students compare food pyramids from other countries!

Kendra Young  (Lake Stevens, WA)
Kendra Young (Lake Stevens, WA)

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