In this 6-week unit, students will study how food choices affect brain development. They will compare and contrast their daily diets and food choices before this unit and after. Through various activities and experiments, students will explore the composition of the brain and its function. Students will also learn about The Six Categories of Nutrients, the Food Pyramid and the impact food choice has on our brains.
The emphasis will be on what we can do to instill our body and brain with proper nutrition for a foundation for healthy learning. Helping students make healthier choices is an essential part of their education and well-being. Through this study, students will gain the ability to choose the healthiest foods, from choices that are available to them in their everyday lives, which will boost their brain development and over all improve their health.
Prior to the start of this unit students will be required to keep a daily food journal for a week and participate in a pre-test on what they know about the brain. During this time, students will familiarize themselves with the appropriate categorizes of nutrients and vocabulary dealing with the brain. Students can later connect their food choices with their own brain development.