In the Science, Technology and Society seminar, each teacher prepared a unit on the science and technology of a basic human issue. This unit is on food.
There are two introductions to this unit. The first introduction gives noncontent information to teachers; the second introduction describes the content covered. With this division, all material following the teachers’ introduction can become a student text. The student text provides material for classroom work on reading as well as for class discussions and assignments.
The material presented in this unit is suitable for use in consumer and applied math, natural science, home economics and social studies classes. It could provide the foundation curriculum for from four to eight weeks of work. This time frame will allow for activities such as going through the seven guidelines the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) puts out on food and nutrition, extra lessons on metric measurement, looking at the parts of plants and different foods under a microscope, and measuring the growth of two plants-one fertilized and one not fertilized.
The Teachers Institute packet that goes with this unit will include a copy of the unit, a copy of the USDA’s seven guidelines, a set of six pocket microscopes and a copy of the answers, suggested answers and comments for the questions and activities.
The appendix gives teaching schedule and lesson plans.