In accordance with the CT Science Curriculum standards it is vital that teachers promote scientific literacy. Students will comprehend fundamental concepts from life, physical and earth sciences through critical thinking and an infusion of inquiry based explorations and experiments. In this, students will be able to create, validate and communicate their scientific knowledge. Furthermore, students will transfer their learning to practical applications in the “real-world.” Students will be able to evaluate arguments based on evidence and formulate conclusions. Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Technology will therefore be integrated throughout this unit while meeting the following state mandated and district standards. Science and Technology in Society -- How do science and technology affect the quality of our lives? Human beings, like all other living things, have special nutritional needs for survival. The essential components of balanced nutrition can be obtained from plant and animal sources. People eat different foods in order to satisfy nutritional needs for carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Identify the sources of common foods and classify them by their basic food groups. Describe how people in different cultures use different food sources to meet their nutritional needs.