– collated from various Lapbooking groups, Sept 2007
lap book on nutrition and I am trying to come up with 10 questions. The questions I have so far are
1 Types of food, examples and amounts to be eaten per day
2 3 minerals and 3 vitamins and what impact they have on the body and what foods we need to eat to get them
3 BMI – what does this stand for and what are the guide lines
4 a healthy menu for a day
5 what does GI mean and examples
6 Name 5 super foods and what they do for you
—Sounds a lot like food pyramid stuff,
Also how about organics…what is true organic.
Wheat versus white and why.
What is a calorie. How much energy does it take to burn one.
Compare the regular diet of different countries…which is healthier.
A rainbow on your dinner plate is a great way for preschoolers to learn their colours as well as healthy eating. There is usually blue on the plate or table cloth!
Here’s some words we put to “Jesus loves Me” to help the process:
Red Orange Yellow, Green and Blue
Indigo Violet – More colours too.
Black and White makes grey* you know
All the colours of God’s rainbow.
Yes, Jesus loves me …
© johanna w, nz, 2000
[* any combo – Red and Blue makes purple … Blue and Yellow makes green …] have fun,
= We’re working on HOAC’s Healthy Eating lapbook in conjunction with a nutrition class that we just completed—I wanted to share something we’ve added that’s turning out really cute. I wanted to include the “Eat from the Rainbow” concept—eating lots of dark- and brightly-colored fruits and veggies—so I made a rainbow book out of multiple colors of cardstock. For each page/color of the rainbow, we cut examples out of cooking and lifestyle magazines (so, for example, the orange page has pictures of carrots, oranges, pumpkins, etc). The pages flip down and each page has some text about what are good choices in each color family and what health benefits those choices provide. It’s super-cute and a great, vibrant visual addition.
= It’s the ‘Healthy Eating’ lapbook, here’s the link. My son did this last spring and had a blast! He’s more “up” on nutrition than most adults now
= My 12 yo dd just finished HOAC’s Healthy Eating Lapbook. As part of her science curriculum, she’s been reading Janice VanCleave’s Food and Nutrition for Every Kid. The lapbook was a great fit for the book and a great way to record what she’s learned. She especially enjoyed the activity of comparing meals from a fast food restaurant. What an eye-opener! Doing the lapbook and reading the book have made her more aware of food labels and of her own food choices.
September is Eating Healthy Month
I taught my children their colours through food – always helped to have blue on the plate or tablecloth! Makes you think about how you design your meal.And to the tune of ‘Jesus Loves Me’ we made up this ditty:
Serving sizes, ie. ½ banana is 1 serving of fruit. Most people wouldn’t know what a real serving size is in our “super size” world. I like the serving size idea that was suggested. I was thrilled to learn that a “portion” of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. I hate it when they use weight, as it means nothing to me.How to read a label might be good too.
Good basic things to know about nutrition.
*What are fatty acids and why are they important? How is fat essential, what vitamins help it’s absorption; does fat cause fat; what foods have good fat? (often children, young women special, think fat is “bad” for you) Look it up, I would, but were about to start school. Good fats come from nuts, fish, avocados, and plant sources.
*Fat soluble vitamins vs. water soluble vitamins
*saturated fats vs. unsaturated fats and classifying various fats as saturated or unsaturated
*why transfats are bad for us
*Simple vs. complex carbohydrates and which foods fall into which category
*Why it’s important to drink plenty of water each day?
*Macronutrients vs. micronutrients
*Why is eating several small meals a day better than eating three large?*Food additives and why they’re bad for you
*Nutrient deficiency diseases – scurvy, rickets, etc.
*How proper eating improves and maintains health?
*Different types of eating styles – vegetarian, vegan, raw, macrobiotics, etc.
*how to read a food label
*why high fructose corn syrup is bad for us
What does to much sugar do to your body?
Cause obesity, “empty” calories (not filling yet gives calories that are non-essential), aids in tooth decay (tooth decay needs the organisms first eating sugar alone will not cause tooth decay, carries has to be present), gives energy high then drops quickly, etc
Cholesterol, which foods cause bad cholesterol (animal products) and what foods reduce the bad cholesterol (oats, almonds, etc). I don’t know if you need to go as far as studying LDL and HDL in depth, but that depends on the ages of your kid
Does cholesterol cause cholesterol?
No “hardening fats ie bacon grease, drippings from pork, beef, lard cause cholesterol.
7 How is water an important resource? It helps lubricate the bowels, rinse the body of toxins, cushions origins, keeps skin moist, clear skin, etc. Could also include signs of dehydration and water poisoning, ie drinking to much
11 What foods aid in good hair, teeth, and skin care? (good question to examine with a budding preteen) chocolate does not cause acne, poor nutrition like chips, candy, soda does. Soda and other drinks with citric acid causes tooth discoloration. Poor nutrition and bad hygiene aid in oily hair. Gelatin or Jello helps to strengthen hair and nails, so does fish.
—Gregory the Terrible Eater
Friendship Saves the Day
both books were about goats.
You could do food group booklets, compare/contrast people/goat diets, make up a balanced menu and/or food log, read and identify ingredients on food labels, etc. Also could include pictures of goats, their uses ie: milk, cheese, soap, etc. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/mammals/goat/Goatprintout.shtml
Make a cool painting using vegetables (or fruits). Great way to add art to a unit on nutrition or gardening!http://kidscrafts.suite101.com/article.cfm/easy_kids_crafts_vegetable_prints—website at Dole will work.
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For the main feature of your lap book. You can have enlarged picture of a person or take a photo of yourself of one of your child who’s doing the book. Enlarge their picture. Photocopy it on to A4 or larger. But copy two pictures.
Cut out the first photo and stick that in as the main feature picture. then get the second photo and cut the parts off where the clothing is.
And then stick this on top of the first but as a flap. So its like you open their cardigan or what ever they are wearing. And then on the in sides of the clothing.
Label out the health benefits from eating health food for that part of the body. Or don’t cut out the parts at all but cut into sections. That way you can label the head area too, saying something like ‘Bananas are a great brain food, and ‘carrots are great for eyesight and healthy nails’……or what ever. Or if you don’t want to be so simple, then get more detailed in your description. Like for instance: spinach is great for the liver and gives iron…..You could do this same thing with pictures of foods and beverages. And write inside of each one the benefits or bad things about that particular food.
You could do a diagram of a plate with the serving suggestions of the what you should be eating. Like ‘x’ amounts of carbs and ‘x’ amounts of protein and so on. But make it into a pie wheel. With the little window. So when you turn the top part. It will show.
You could also do a photo of a mouth or hand draw it and make a tab at the end of the bottom lip and when you pull it down, it opens. A long paper tongue pops out and you could write up something on oral hygiene. And what happens to the mouth when eating bad foods. And name the disease you could get for poor dental care. And disease of the tongue and mouth from bad nutrition.
We just finished a lapbook on nutrition. We used Nutrition Explorations http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/ we did Little D’s Nutrition Expedition about a little dinosaur who was sick because he wasn’t eating right, but there are several different studies and online games as well. We really enjoyed Little D.I added printables for fun from:
For your food allergies book, how about including some information about nutrition? You could have him build a food pyramid out of foods that he CAN eat, discuss what vitamins/minerals actually do for you, and perhaps look at alternate sources for things (ex.: if he is allergic to milk, have him look at where else he gets calcium. You could do a book where you put maybe the items he can’t have w/ / through it & the name of the vitamin, then you lift the page and under it is an acceptable source for that vitamin (broccoli, for calcium).
You could do something on the digestive system and how it works. How to read a food label. Gather nutrition information from various restaurants (they have pamphlets available)
You could address how to ask a question, so that your child knows how to ask an adult to check a label politely (important when visiting other’s houses). You could also teach how to say “no thank you” politely.
We did a nutrition lapbook with a food pyramid, a poem, a list of foods from a-z, vocabulary, digestion chart, and a food survey among other things.
The food survey was our favorite part. My daughter phoned and e-mailed a bunch of our family and asked them their favorite food. Then we made a bar graph to display the results…too fun! I couldn’t find the printables that I wanted for the longest time and then when I finally found one site, I found the mother-load!!!
Here are a few links that I found…
We also did a fun food diary, where we kept track of what we ate for the week, and then analysed it on this website. Very cool!
I found a food pyramid in an Evan-Moor book I had and some other cut-outs that were designed to go in a pocket book. I reduced some of them and am using them lapbook style.I wanted the girls to keep a food journal. I really like the sound of your weekly schedule with the little triangles. Did you happen to download it and save it or do you remember where you got it?I’m going to have them make a little recipe book too as we experiment with “healthy” recipes and make mini-books on various fruits and vegetables and what important vitamins/minerals they have.We’ll also write a bit about carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc. Maybe a water chart….I saw something about heart health on a site I saved I thought we could use too.I found some cute fruit and veggie stickers when I was out and about today and picked up some more books at the library.
We downloaded a food pyramid from the internet so my 6-year-old could see what it was and how it was structured. Then I found a weekly schedule with little triangles to fill in as you ate from the food groups. Then my son drew a pyramid (triangle) and filled it in. We discussed a different “layer” every day and what vitamins were in things and examples. Then he made a Lego pyramid and we took a picture. He also wrote in a verse to tie it into God’s word. He drew pictures of exercise (a kid on a bike), sleep and water (with an 8 to represent how many to drink).
We did as part of a handwashing unit in our nutrition class. It’s not lapbooking, but very memorable.
Get some washable fingerpaints and coat both of the child’s hands with a thin layer of it. Allow it to dry. Then blindfold them, we just had them close their eyes, and have them wash their hands with water only for 15 seconds. Have them open their eyes and see how much paint is still on their hands. Do the experiment again, allowing them to use soap and water this time…once again blindfolded. It is interesting to see the difference a bit of soap makes….and the kids were surprised at the parts they missed (under fingernails, where your fingers meet your palms) while washing. Since it was a nutrition class, we made sure to comment about what if that were chicken juice on your hands and you couldn’t see what was left. Maybe you could take pictures of this experiment for their lapbooks.Another fun idea is to let them bubble paint on some of the paper you’ll be using. Mix a bit of tempera paint with bubble solution in a yoghurt cup or pie tin. Put a straw in it and have the kids blow bubbles (don’t let them suck the paint/bubble mixture up the straw), and then lay your paper on top of the bubbles for a few seconds. Set the paper aside to dry before using it. You end up with a really cool marbly/bubbly effect.
—http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uk077.pdf – ABCs of Growing Healthy Kids 2-6yo – My Pyramid
this U.S. gov. site has printable worksheets (track your meals!), etc.
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=14&tax_level=4&tax_subject=229&topic_id=1174&level3_id=5049&level4_id=10607 Various activities including:
http://nutritionexplorations.com/educators/lessons/pyramid-cafe/cafe-rnav-download.asp – TONS of food group activities (printable food sort cards, etc.)
– collated by Johanna Whittaker from Lapbooking yahoogroups files, Sept 2007