BEE HEALTHY

BY

Christine Scott 

 


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             BEE HEALTHY

  

 

GRADE LEVEL: PRE-KINDERGARTEN -THIRD GRADE

 

INTRODUCTION:

Eating healthy is very important.  How healthy are honey bees?  Did you know that honey bees have some important nutrients that is essential for our bodies?

This unit is ideal for pre-kindergarten through third grade.  

Begin  the unit with a discussion about being healthy and how to keep our body healthy.  Show pictures about different foods and people in various places enjoying a healthy lifestyles.

Through this unit the children will become aware of Honey Bees  being very important to nature and also to man. There will be many aspects of health in this unit, but the main focus will be related to being healthy and the various avenues that leads to a healthy life.

OBJECTIVE:  Through participating in the experiences provided by the theme, the children will learn:

CONCEPTS FOR THE CHILDREN TO LEARN:

VOCABULARY:

Nutrients and our Body:

In order to stay alive, our body needs certain food parts called nutrients.  There are five main groups of nutrients.  They are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins.  Our body needs different for different jobs.  Carbohydrates and fats give us  most of our energy   Proteins are very important in helping us grow.  Minerals and vitamins help our body grow and work.

Water and your Body:

All of us needs water in order to work and grow.    We cannot live more than a few days without water.  Every day our body loses water, which must be replaced in our system.  You can put back some of the lost water  by drinking plenty of  fresh water.

Many solids foods have large amounts of water in them too.   Try to eat some of them every day.

OXYGEN AND YOUR BODY:

One material that your body cells need in order to live is oxygen.  Oxygen is a gas.  You cannot smell it or taste it or can you see it or feel it.   But you cannot live without oxygen.  Oxygen is in the air. Your body gets oxygen when you breathe air into your lungs.   Your cells use oxygen to make energy from food.

VITAMINS : MINERALS

There are many different vitamins that your body needs. You only need them in small amounts.  The best  way to get vitamins  you need is to eat  plenty of different food every day.

FOOD AND BODY GROWTH:

Food helps your body grow.  Some food parts which are very important for growth are proteins, vitamins, and minerals.  To help your body grow the way it should, eat plenty of different kinds of foods.

ACTIVITIES:

Math: http://www.foodfit.com

Food Groups Sorting

Create  a food group  display.  To do this, encourage the children to bring empty food containers.  The food containers can be sorted into food groups 

This should be done in a small group activity or a  the self-selected play period.

DRAMATIC PLAY:

Grocery Store

Plan a grocery store containing many plastic fruits and vegetables, a cash register, grocery bags, and play money if available.  

SCIENCE: Social Studies

Field Trips:

Visiting a Farm.  Ask the farmer to show the the children  the vegetables and fruits on the farm.

Visit  Farmers' Market; Visit a farmers' market .  Purchase fruits and vegetables that can be used for healthy snacks.

Visit an Orchard, Visit an apple or fruit orchard. Observe how the fruit is grown.  If possible, pick some fruit to bring back to the classroom.

Music:

The vegetable Garden

 

 

ORAL QUESTIONS/EVALUATION


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