Our Body : nutrition

Together with studying the digestive system we learned about nutrition.  We talked about the food pyramid and what it means.

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We talked about favorite foods, and where in the pyramid they stand, and why we need to eat healthy, as their growing body needs the best nutrients to grow strong and healthy.

We kept track of everything we ate for 4 days, and divided them up into the different groups.  We talked about what groups we had to eat more of and which ones we had to eat less of.  We did pretty good.

We also made this project that didn’t really work out.

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We painted garbanzo beans in different colors that were suppose to represent the different food groups of the pyramid.  This part went OK.

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As you eat throughout the day, you move the beans that correspond to the food group you ate, to the other side of the balance.  This was a great and it could have worked I think.  But it was the making of the balance, the problem area.

DSC_0040-small  DSC_0044-small  DSC_0047-smallIt was really hard to make it balance in the middle without slipping and without tipping all the time.

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I think I would like to try this activity again, but maybe get an already made balance.  So the point of the activity (watch the way we are eating) is more important than the making of the balance.  But we learned.  And we also had fun while making it.  It just didn’t work as a balance to hold the beans.

We also did a starch test, using iodine.

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That was fun to see, since it is so visual.  A few more activities I’ll share in few days.  Please do share if you have projects or activities you’ve done that you enjoyed in relation to nutrition.  Thanks for coming to see us.  Hope your week starts beautifully.

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2 Responses to Our Body : nutrition

  1. Lisa Sheldon says:

    If you ever want some easy experiments that the kids can do with food at home, let me know. There is a great one for making glue using milk and another for extracting DNA from strawberries.

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