Food and Nutrition
Our class is engaging in a new science unit using the FOSS Food and Nutrition Module. We will be investigating what food is, what it is made of, and how several nutrient groups contribute to good, healthful nutrition. Children will learn about fats, sugars, proteins, and vitamins and ways of testing for some of these nutrients in food. They will have an opportunity to use their knowledge about foods to plan lunch menus that conform to guidelines for total number of calories and for the number of calories contributed by different nutrients. And we'll become familiar with the labels on food and the kinds of information provided for the consumer.
Your child will be conducting experiments that use common foods. I may be asking you to send small samples of foods to school for this purpose. The foods might include items such as a handful of breakfast cereal, a spoonful of peanut butter, a piece of fruit, or a couple of cookies. We are also assembling a collection of empty food containers of all kinds. We are especially interested in the list of ingredients and nutritional information contained on the food packages. Please save a few containers for our “food market.”
Watch for the home/school connection sheets I will be sending home with your child. These suggest ways for the whole family to investigate interesting aspects of food and nutrition. You might find as a result of our investigations in the Food and Nutrition Module that your family’s dinner conversation will actually focus on the meal!