We are inquiring into how different sources of information help people make healthy choices. This week, the students practiced gathering information from experts, parent surveys, and recipes, as well as collecting their own data to help them make informed choices that affect their health and the way they feel.
Our visit from the dental experts was an opportunity for students to learn more about how we care for our teeth. We learned from the dentists that not only is brushing and flossing our teeth important for good oral hygiene, but that what we eat and drink also has an effect on our teeth and gums.
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Here is a little bit about what the children learned.
“I didn’t know that you have to press into the gums a little bit, when I floss my teeth. Once I did it and then blood was coming out and I thought that isn”t how you floss.
The children were part of a little experiment.
“Cup A looked good, but it was bad. Cup B looked bad but it was better than A.”
Why was cup A better?
“Because the magic powder was lemon it tastes like CC Lemon. Sugar was a lot but the lemon powder was more stronger and it changed the taste.”
“We should only be eating four packets of sugar a day.”
We visited the ICJC to learn about the importance of nutrition and exercise with Miss Shirley. In preparation for our visit with the nutritionist, we have been reading about vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and we are learning to look at nutrition labels to help us understand what nutrients are in the different foods that we eat. Miss Shirley told us about different nutrients, like calcium, that aid in our linear growth. We learned that calcium can be found in milk, cheese, konbu, hijiki, and nori. We also did some burpees. Miss Shirley says that this is a great weight-bearing exercise for children to strengthen their bones and muscles.
After our visit with Miss Shirley, we decided to create our own healthy pasta recipe. We are going to be sure to include vegetables that have calcium as well as other vitamins and minerals.
We shared our present knowledge about what a recipe looks like and built off of each other’s knowledge. Then we shared the information we gained from each other as a class. We decided that the first thing we would do was to create a list of ingredients.
This is what we have so far…
For Math, the children had the opportunity to estimate and find the actual weight of some of the foods on the list. This gave them some information about how much of each ingredient we might want to use and what that will look like. We also looked at recipes with similar ingredients to what we had chosen.
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For this week’s Home Learning, the children interviewed their parents to gather information about health. After all, their parents are experts about taking care of them and ensuring that they have a healthy lifestyle. On Friday, the children shared the information that they collected from their parents.
Afterwards, they were asked, “What did you notice about the answers to your questions, when you shared them with your classmates?”
“Some of the answers were different.”
“The parents didn’t think the same thing.”
“Why do you think this happened?”
“Because everyone’s parents are different.”
“Your mom and dad come from different places…like countries.”
“Were their answers similar?”
“Can you give me an example?”
“Most parents said that second graders should sleep 11 hours…but some said 10 or 8 or 9 or 12.”
Here is another example about how experts have different perspectives.
The children asked their parents, “Why do we need to sleep?”
Here are the parents answers. (The children recorded the answers in note form.)
-Rest and grow
-To help the body recover and to have energy
-Help our body grow and our brains work better
-Grow and repair
-Get ready for tomorrow to work hard
-Grow and get energy
-To rest your brain
-To rest to improve memory and to restore energy
What did our high school visitor’s tell us about how sleep helps us?
-Help us grow
-Gives us energy
This led us to a discussion of how experts can help us gain information for our unit inquiries.
“We could go to the nurse to see how fast or slow our hearts are beating.”
“I could go to the science lab to learn about salt and sugar to learn from the teachers.”
“We can go to the canteen, and we could say what recipes are really healthy?
“If I want an answer for how many different types of lice there are, I could ask the nurse?”