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All About Food

All About Food

The Food unit allows students to have fun learning about food sources, healthy eating, food safety, food groups and overall nutrition. The unit’s integrated components help students understand important science, health and environmental concepts related to food and food safety.

The Science of Food Teacher’ Guide provides inquiry-based lessons that entice students to discover concepts in science, mathematics and health through hands-on activities.

The Mysterious Marching Vegetables. In the storybook, cousins Riff and Rosie learn that leaves are disappearing from some of the plants in Mr. Slaptail's garden. What is happening to the leaves? Rosie, Riff and Mr. Slaptail brainstorm to solve the mystery and come up with a plan to discover who or what is behind the missing vegetables. What do the three friends discover?

Explorations is a colorful magazine full of articles and fun things for children and adults to try in class or at home, including hands-on activities, such as finding out how much fat is hidden in favorite foods.

The Math Link extends each unit by connecting the story and hands-on science activities to mathematics skill-building and critical thinking exercises, and The Reading Link provides language arts activities related to the story.

Complete Teacher's Guide

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The Science of Food Teacher's Guide

Students investigate food sources, food webs and food chains, healthy eating and food groups, food safety and overall nutrition.

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The Science of Food Classroom Slides

Slide set containing information and images from The Science of Food Teacher's Guide, for use in classrooms as needed.

Individual Lessons

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What's That Food? (pre-assessment)

Students observe and describe samples of different food groups. This activity can be used as a pre-assessment of students' knowledge about food and nutritional needs.

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What Is Soil Made Of?

Students explore a sample of natural soil by identifying and separating its different components.

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Do Plants Need Light?

Students learn about plant growth and development by conducting an experiment that demonstrates the importance of light to plants.

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Plant Parts You Eat

Students observe and investigate different plant-originated foods, and learn about plant parts.

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Food Webs

Students construct possible food webs for six different ecosystems and learn about producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores and decomposers.

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Digestion

Students learn about digestion and proteins by observing the action of meat tenderizer on luncheon meat.

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Bio Build-up

Students make a simple model food chain and observe how toxins can accumulate in consumers at the top of the chain.

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They're Everywhere: Bacteria

Students grow bacteria collected from a variety of locations and compare the results.

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Using Food Labels

Students learn about food labels, healthful eating, and units of measurement commonly used on food labels.

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Safe Food Preparation

Students learn about safe food preparation by making fruit ice cream in class.

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Healthy Snacks (post-assessment)

Students rank food labels to indicate which foods are most and least healthful, and justify their rankings. Students also suggest ways to prevent snacks from spoiling.

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Unit Components

Free, downloadable components from the Food unit for teaching your students about food, food groups and labels, and food safety.

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The Mysterious Marching Vegetables

Rosie and Riff go undercover with Mr. Slaptail to discover why spinach is disappearing from Mr. Slaptail's garden. This storybook is an integrated component of the Food unit.

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Explorations Magazine

Students match foods with the appropriate food groups, and they learn about food labels, plants and photosynthesis, food as fuel for the body, and more.

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The Math Link

Math worksheets designed to meet common mathematics objectives. Activities are integrated with the storybook, The Mysterious Marching Vegetables.

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The Reading Link

Reading and language arts worksheets with activities that are directly related to the unit storybook.

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Make a Paper Ant Chain

Students create a paper ant chain from a template provided in the Food unit storybook, The Mysterious Marching Vegetables.

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Adolescent Nutrition

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Ecology

Overview of the relationships between environmental systems and life on our planet, including common terms and concepts related to ecosystems.

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The Environment and Human Health

Learn how the environment impacts human health and the ecosystems around us, on both a small/local and large/global scale.

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Tools and Equipment of Science

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Nature News Stories

BioEd Online is pleased to provide current biology and life sciences news stories from Nature News, the science syndication arm of the premier international science publisher, the Nature Publishing Group.

For articles on a variety of topics, visit BioEd Online's Nature News library.

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The Water Unit

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Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698


Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Filling the Gaps: K-6 Science/Health Education
Grant Number: 5R25RR013454, R25ES06932