How it Works:
Nuts About Nutrition is a unit designed to teach and motivate children to
learn about nutrition. It does so through the exciting process of interactive
multimedia software and the Internet. The unit combines nutrition education
with technology that captures childrenís attention through music, animation,
and video. It is the intent of this unit to promote health literacy. The
students will be able to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health
information in order to make smart decisions when it comes to nutrition.
Students will learn about the digestive system, understand the role of
proteins, fats, carbohydrates and sugar in the body, identify various sources
high in vitamins, organize and plan a trip to the grocery store, and plan a
smart meal, just to name a few. So come on in and go ďNuts About
NutritionĒ. Itís a friendly unit that bustles with adventure and
The student uses technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information
from a variety of sources.
The student uses telecommunications to collaborate, publish and interact with
peers, experts and other audiences.
The student will know the nutritional values of different foods.
The student will identify the parts of the digestion system.
The student will understand the process of digestion.
The student will understand the role of protein and fat in our bodies.
The student will understand the consequences of eating too much fat.
The students will analyze labels and determine the amount of sugar in food.
The students will identify various sources high in vitamins.
The students will identify food groups.
The students will organize and plan a trip to the grocery store.
The students will simulate a small purchase of products.
Estimated Class Periods To Complete:
10 or more
Software and Materials Used:
Body Park by Virtual Entertainment or any other Nutrition software
Software needed to complete multimedia presentations such as HyperStudio,
PowerPoint, Kid Pix.
Word Processing Software
Nutrition, digestion, vitamins, minerals, food pyramid, health,
stomach, esophagus, protein, balanced meal
This project is suitable for a range of grade levels within the
elementary school. You may need to adjust or adapt certain activities in order
to best meet the needs of the students in your classroom. The software
suggested provides effective modeling for ESL (English as a Second Language)
students and reinforces early language development. The lessons provided
support a variety of learning environments. The lessons can be adapted to
serve Whole Group Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Student Centered and
the Learning Center Approach. The only prerequisites are basic skills in
reading, writing and computer skills.
The intent of this project is to develop health awareness, gain
knowledge and understanding of health concepts and develop lifelong positive
attitudes about health and the human body. The project does this through the
integration of multimedia, high interest software, music and video. The
lessonís are designed to incorporate other subject areas. The activities
provided keep the studentsí captivated and thirsty for more. This unitís
goal is to provide useful lessons that allow students to have fun while
learning critical concepts related to health and nutrition.
Students should be trained in basic Internet navigational
techniques. Teachers should check that the URLís are still active before
prior to the lessons. Check out the following links for great follow up
activities or home learning assignments related to the health and nutrition:
Public Broadcast System
Body Wise Health
Allow time for the students to explore the sites.
About the Teacher:
Rosa M. Sampedro has been teaching in the Miami-Dade Public School System
for 15 years. She received her Bachelorís Degree and Masterís Degree from
Florida International University. She taught 3rd grade for 10 years and has
been the Technology Specialist for 5 years. She provides computer training to
students, teachers and parents. She was Lorah Park Elementary Schoolís
Teacher of the Year in 1993 and 1999. She is the recipient of numerous grants.
She is currently the Parent Trainer for the Citibank FamilyTech Program and
the Site Coordinator for the AT&T TeachNet Grant.
Science and English