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What's That Food? (pre-assessment)

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, and Barbara Tharp, MS.

Energy for Our Bodies

To focus students, ask Do our bodies need fuel? Where does the body get the energy it needs? Tell students that food gives your body the fuel and raw materials it needs each day. Just like a car needs gasoline, your body needs energy to move, think, and grow. 

Ask, What in food helps our bodies to function every day? Tell students that food provides more than just energy. It supplies the building materials, such as proteins and minerals (like calcium), for muscles, bones and other body parts. Food also contains small amounts of other minerals and vitamins that help make energy available for muscles and the brain, and make other body functions possible. 

Ask, What are calories? and How many calories do we need each day? Tell students that the usable energy you get from food is measured in calories. The more calories a food has, the more energy it can supply. A person’s calorie requirements are based on his or her activities. The body stores extra calories as fat. Explain that in this activity, students will examine and report on a specific food item.

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, R25ES06932