Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Student Nutrition and Eating Habits at School
Student nutrition and eating habits at school

Science Background

All students learn about the digestive system as part of their study of human biology. The following is a sample of what might typically be taught in a standards-based classroom:

We learn that we get the energy we need to function from the food we eat. The digestive system is made of the organs that break down food into smaller parts called nutrients. The digestive organs work together to turn food into energy, so our bodies can work and grow. We learn that the digestive system contains many structures and organs. Each has a special job. Parts of the digestive system include:

  • Teeth and tongue—break down food into smaller pieces that you can ...
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