Students learn new skills that connect social and emotional learning and the practice of healthy eating; lessons will ask students to reflect on how a particular food makes them feel and why (i.e. calm, energized), how they feel when hungry vs. full, and how a healthy diet influences how they feel. Students will learn about various vitamins and minerals, how they support different areas of the body, and how they are connected to the various activities that they do throughout the day (such as learning!).
Opportunities for applied learning include the “Read the Label” activity — students analyze ingredients of various food sources (up to 10 different food labels, including milk, cheese and yogurt) to determine what the ingredients do to, and for, the foods analyzed.
Next Generation Science Standards
Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Framework
The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. This includes capacities to recognize one’s strengths and limitations with a well-grounded sense of confidence and purpose. Such as:
Identifying one’s emotions
Having a growth mindset
Developing interests and a sense of purpose
The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations. This includes the capacities to delay gratification, manage stress, and feel motivation & agency to accomplish personal/collective goals. Such as:
Managing one’s emotions
Identifying and using stress-management strategies
Exhibiting self-discipline and self-motivation
Setting personal and collective goals
Using planning and organizational skills
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health Education Standards
6.8.1 Assess personal health practices.
6.8.2 Develop a goal to adopt, maintain, or improve a personal health practice.
6.8.3 Apply strategies and skills needed to attain a personal health goal.
6.8.4 Describe how personal health goals can vary with changing abilities, priorities, and responsibilities.