Students will uncover how a dairy farm works and why eating foods with plenty of nutrients is crucial.
- Synthesize information from multiple sources
- Student KWL charts from Food Sleuths: Practicing Research Skills Lesson Plan
- Super Nutrients! Trading Card Activity printable
- Farm to Table: Milk's Journey to You! Student Magazine printable
- Farm to Table: Interactive Research Tool
- Devices with web access for student use
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Optional: Other research sources on nutrients
- If students don't already have copies, make a class set of the Farm to Table: Milk's Journey to You! Student Magazine printable.
- Copy a class set of the Super Nutrients! Trading Card Activity printable.
- Load the Farm to Table: Interactive Research Tool on the devices students will be using.
Step 1: Open by inviting students to share some of what they have already learned about nutrition as well as any new questions this may have raised. Have students update the “Want to Know” columns of the KWL charts they started in the Food Sleuths: Practicing Research Skills lesson plan. Explain that today students will explore certain key nutrients more deeply — including protein, potassium, calcium, fiber, and vitamins D and A — and create nutrient trading cards.
Step 2: Divide students into jigsaw groups: one for protein and potassium, one for calcium and fiber, and one for vitamins D and A. Each group will be responsible for researching the role of its nutrients and what foods provide them. Invite students to use the Farm to Table: Milk's Journey to You! Student Magazine printable and the Farm to Table: Interactive Research Tool as sources, as well as any other resources you provide.
Step 3: When students are done researching their respective nutrients, regroup students so that they can teach one another about the nutrients they have studied.
Step 4: Lead a critical-thinking discussion about the consequences of not getting enough of certain nutrients. For example:
- If you did not get enough calcium on a regular basis, what might you be in danger of at soccer practice?
- Which part of your body might feel uncomfortable if you did not eat enough fiber?
Step 5: Explain that students will create nutrient trading cards to highlight each nutrient’s benefits and sources. Review the model on the Super Nutrients! Trading Card Activity printable so that students understand the expectations.
Step 6: Provide time for students to design their cards and to share their cards with their classmates.
Step 7: Wrap up by having students add to the “Learned” column of the KWL chart that they created earlier in the unit.