NUTRITION 101 Free Homeschool Unit Study
Nutrition is an ideal homeschooling unit study. This six to nine week study was designed for the 10 – 14 year olds in our family. It would be ideal for your homeschool co-op. We start by learning basic biology / anatomy the digestive system. Then we explore WHAT we put in our bodies and how it effects our health.
The kids will then explore where our food come from, basic farming practices including organic and GMO movement. Using Nourish Life and other free classroom curriculum they will explore the local food movement. Enjoy this multimedia hands on unit study.
**we have an additional textbook for the digestive system we are using. You can locate chapters from classroom texts online. I have found the following useful: Visual Lessons Digestive System textbook reading : Digestive and Urniary Systems
in order to receive high school credit I wanted to make sure my students covered and comprehend the material: Summary Outline of Chapter on Digestion | Chemical digestion visuals |
Here is my assignment and grade sheet for my high school student based on this six unit study.
Topic: DIGESTIVE SYSTEM:
Lesson One: The Digestive System
READ: The Structure and Function of the Digestive System
Health Digestive System 101 (high school)
Digestive System (middle school)
Interactive digestive system
alternate: pdf file Digestive system lab
Digestive System article (high school)
alternate easier to read (middle school)
INTERACT: Digestion Digestive System trivia free powerpoint
WRITE: choose either an outline or notebook pages to describe a general summary of the digestive system
Choose: notebooking pages to record your lessons (to turn in for credit)
Or use these pre made outlines type up your notes for credit
Part 2: Food Absorption (Chemical Digestion)
READ: Chapter Food and Nutrients (you will have to register once to gain access)
Define nutrient, and identify the six major types of nutrients. (Use your notebook paper or a plain sheet of paper.
hint: Could fanny play violin much worse?
WRITE: the difference between mechanical digestion and chemical digestion
Quick Animation of Enzymes
Enzymes: Bozman Science (high school)
Watch: Enzymes and Digestion
Watch: What happens to your hamburger?
Read: Digestive System article - picture laden with descriptions
Read/Write: complete page 32 putting digestion / food absorption in the right order
LISTEN: Enzymes Song * listen just because this guy is creative!
read: 21 Amazing Facts about Probiotics
WRITE: 21 facts and summarize each one
Read: PROBIOTICS |
WATCH/Take Notes: Probiotics | Gut Bacteria (high school)
Read What are Probiotics? (high school)
or Probiotics (middle school)
Research pasteurization (who developed it and why) and then have the students debate the pros and cons.
Lesson Two: Vitamins and Minerals
USE these note booking pages to write your notes/answers
WATCH: Vitamins and Minerals
Answer these questions:
Make a rainbow chart and tell each health benefit
(either draw or cut out from magazines)
How Antioxidant Works
Vitamin E as an antioxident
Antioxidants in foods
WRITE: Label the benefits of different foods
Lesson Three: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
WATCH: Proteins - from Christine Dobrowolski
Watch: nutrition labels ChemMatters
WATCH interact: Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates (Bozeman Science) OR watch from Christine Dobrowolski Carboyhydrates
WRITE: Complete Nutrition Label Worksheets
check your answers after completing the worksheets. How did you do?
Watch: FAT & Good Fats vs Bad Fats
Notes: Why is it called TRANS FAT?
What stays solid at room tempterature is saturated fat
Mono - unsatured fat (is flexible)
Hydrogenated Fat - is man made - not found in nature.
Write: Add this to your notes:
Good fats: seeds, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, cold- water fish, nuts – walnuts, almonds.
Okay fats: (eaten in moderation) avocados, butter, meats,eggs.
Fats to avoid: Trans fats mostly present in processed baked foods – cookies and crackers
Fats don't make us fat. A diet without fat will make us sick. A diet with too much of the wrong fat will make us sick.
Energy Nutrients Handouts (carbs, fats, proteins)
Summary Outline of Chapter on Digestion
topics to make sure are covered
Multi Media Resources:
Discovery Education about fertilizers. Free resources for educators at their website: Nutrients4life.org
A movement towards organic...
Food Revolution. Where did this come from? And that begins the telling of the story...Nourish
Hands On and Lab Activities
Digestive System Lesson plan with vocabulary. Summary sheets and several hands on activities
My Favorite TeacherspayTeachers freebies -
(requires a login and SO worth it!)
Digestive System "center" mechanical digestion from My Dear its Elementary
FIND US ON PINTEREST
Documentaries Multi Media Resources
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Killer At Large
Forks Over Knives
Hungry For Change
The Future of Foods
food for thought: * Raw Food Enzymes (high school **extra if interested)
OUR PLAYLIST related to NUTRITION
Lesson FOUR: Sugar. Is it really that bad for you?
Read : The bitter Truth (powerpoint in pdf)
Write What are sweet alternatives to sugar
ADD to your notes:
Effects of sugar on the body:
On top of all of the above:Ingested sugar causes an acidic effect on the body leaving you more susceptible to disease, viruses, and colds.
More to read if you wish:
Sugar, Not Fax, exposed
the Harmful Effects of Sugar
Glucose is the simple sugar made by the body through digestion of carbohydrates. It is the body’s chief source of energy. Sometimes glucose is called dextrose.
Sucrose is what we commonly refer to as table sugar. It is made from highly processed sugar cane or sugar beets. The composition of sucrose is a combination of glucose and fructose, which separates during digestion. Pure sucrose is devoid of any nutrients.
Fructose, commonly called fruit sugar, is a simple sugar found in honey, tree fruits, berries, and melons. But don’t be fooled into thinking fructose on a label means you are eating fruit sugar. Pure crystalline fructose comes from two sources: corn or sucrose (table sugar). Corn starch is processed to release fructose. Sucrose (table sugar) is enzymatically hydrolyzed to separate into glucose and fructose. Crystalline fructose is pure fructose from one of these two sources.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from starches like corn, wheat, and rice. High fructose syrups contain nearly equal amounts of glucose and fructose, a composition nearly identical to sucrose (table sugar). The reason high fructose corn syrup is so abundant in our processed food is simple-it’s cheaper than sugar. Because we highly subsidize corn and place tariffs on sugar imports, high fructose corn syrup is much less expensive.
Pure fructose is 1.2-1.8 times sweeter than sucrose so less is needed for the same level of sweetness. It is low on the glycemic index, therefore it does not lead to peaks and dips in the body’s glucose levels. But fructose is processed in the liver. When too much fructose enters the liver at once, the liver can’t process fructose as a sugar. Instead, the liver turns excess fructose into fats-triglycerides. When you incorporate these fats into our bodies cells (the cell membranes) triglycerides cause these cells to be insulin resistant. This is the reason that high fructose corn syrup leads to diabetes. Fructose is linked to significant increases of both cholesterol and triglycerides. And remember-fructose, like sucrose-is a highly refined processed sugar devoid of any nutrition.
Maltose, also known as malt sugar, is half as sweet as sucrose (table sugar). It is produced from starch (barley, wheat, rice or other grains). It has been produced in China since 200 B.C. We use it in making beer and as an additive to some processed foods.
In our bodies, maltose is formed as the first step in digestion of starchy foods. It is then broken down into glucose.
Lactose is the sugar found naturally in milk.
Date sugar is 100% dehydrated dates ground into small pieces. It is a whole food, high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Date sugar can be substituted for granulated sugar or brown sugar cup for cup, but it does not dissolve in liquids. Most alternative health practitionars consider Date Sugar to be a healthy sugar alternative.
Sugar Alcohols or PolyolsMaltitol, maltitol syrup, sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, lactitol, lakanto, erythritol, and isomalt are examples of sugar alcohols. They occur naturally in plants, but are usually manufactured from sugars and starches. Sugar alcohols have fewer calories than sugars because they are not completely absorbed by the body. They can ferment in the intestines and cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
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