Did you know eating more calcium rich foods combats the effects of lead exposure? Or, that eating colorful fruits reduces the health impacts of low level PCB's found in the environment all around us?
The Fighting with Food project explores current biomedical research in nutrition and toxicology that shows how certain foods work to combat the health impacts of environmental toxicants and focuses on integrating this information with core physical and biological science standards on matter.
Materials include hands-on, guided inquiry investigations and student readings designed for middle and high school general science, chemistry, biology, and nutrition classes. In these investigations students will observe, collect, tabulate, and organize data, and then use their data to draw conclusions.
Publix Super Markets, Inc. has joined efforts with FPES (Florida Press Educational Services) to bring this program to sixth grade students. This FREE NIE Program will show your sixth grade students how to become responsible members of the planet, and to respect all of the resources that it has to offer.
►Flip Chart for Interactive White Boards
Note: Only classrooms with white boards will be able to run this file.
Included are basic lessons for an Elementary, Middle and Secondary classroom that can be utilized to introduce Language Arts and Social Studies activities.
►Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plan
►Middle and High School Language Arts Lesson Plan
►High School Social Studies Lesson Plan
►Elementary Social Studies Lesson Plan
►Elementary and Middle School Language Arts Lesson Plan
New Teacher's Guides are available every Monday, complete with monthly themes highlighted in a weekly lesson and a monthly activity sheet.
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Dec. 02, 2013
1. Many Worlds of Life
Almost one-fourth of the stars that astronomers have been able to identify have Earth-size planets, and those planets could have liquid water — a building block for life. The actual total could be much higher, astronomers say, considering how difficult it is to find far-off planets through high-powered devices like the Kepler space telescope. “Our entire universe must contain billions and billions of Earth-like planets,” an astronomer speculates. But he adds that just because a planet might be able to support life, there’s no guarantee that it does. Scientists want to use the Kepler and Hubble space telescopes to look for “markers of life” on the surfaces of far-away planets. Space discoveries often make news. In the newspaper or online, find a story about a recent discovery. Read the story closely and write out five important or interesting things about the discovery.
Common Core State Standards: Reading closely what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; citing specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions.
2. Groups & Communities
Every person is a member of different groups and communities. Communities could include chocolate lovers, people from Michigan, redheads, Arab Americans, 10-year-olds or tuba players. When President Obama makes news, he may do so as a president, an American, a father, a resident of Illinois, a basketball fan or a world leader. Find another newsmaker in today's newspaper and make a list of communities and groups to which he or she may belong. Now make a list for yourself. Compare your list with those of your classmates.
Common Core State Standards: Engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic;
3. A New, Improved Robot
Robots are doing more and more work for people, and they’re getting better and better at it. Consider the Roomba, a robot that can clean your home, even when you’re not there. That was a breakthrough when it was invented, but until the new iRobot Roomba 880 came out, you still had to clean its vacuum brushes to get rid of whatever gunk it took off your carpets. Now developers of the 880 have eliminated the need to handle the brushes by replacing brush cylinders with spinning polyurethane tubes that shoot the dirt right into the device’s belly. Makers of products that people use are always looking for ways to improve them. In the ads of the newspaper, find a product your family uses. Study the product and list three ways you would improve it if you were an inventor. Design a newspaper ad to call attention to your “new and improved” product.
Common Core State Standards: Integrating information presented in different media or formats to develop a coherent understanding of a topic; using drawings or visual displays when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or points.
4. Music Has Great Benefits
Childhood music lessons can carry unexpected benefits into adulthood. A new study reports that older adults who took music lessons when they were young can process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not. This adds to earlier research that concluded that lifelong musical training, regardless of instrument, has a positive effect on the brain. This study’s lead author herself plays electric guitar, piano and drums. Listening to music helps people develop the ability to recognize patterns in sounds and words. The patterns can be seen in the rhythm of a song and the rhymes of words. In teams or pairs, create a song from a story in the newspaper. Come up with a rhythm for your song, such as “ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM / ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM.” Then write rhyming lyrics based on the story to go with your rhythm. Share songs as a class.
Common Core State Standards: Demonstrating understanding of figurative language; writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events; applying knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts.
5. Ice and the Forbidden City
Winter is almost here, and ponds will soon be freezing over with ice. In the Asian nation of China, ice played an important role in construction of the famous Forbidden City, where emperors lived. Researchers report in the journal PNAS that while the Chinese had the wheel more than 3,500 years ago, they did not use wheeled vehicles to move materials when the Forbidden City was built just 500 years ago. Wells were dug every kilometer, and water was poured into manmade pathways so it could freeze in the winter. The pathways covered a 43-mile route from a stone quarry to the Forbidden City in what is now the city of Beijing. The stones were transported by loading them on sledges and sliding them along the frozen paths in winter. The Forbidden City is a famous group of buildings. In the newspaper or online, find a photo of a building that attracts a lot of attention today. On a sheet of paper write a list of adjectives for the building that explain why it attracts attention.
Common Core State Standards: Identifying multiple language conventions and using them; recognizing nouns, verbs and modifiers; conducting short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.