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SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a
particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.
The Nutrition SciPack, co-developed between FDA and NSTA, provides an overview of nutrition and the other factors that contribute to making choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle. The main focus is on the main types of nutrients and how much of each are needed to maintain a healthy body, depending on individual lifestyles. It also covers the role nutrients and energy from food play in your body’s processes, how food is broken down so it can be used by your body, and balancing nutrients for your body’s needs and activities. This SciPack touches on Standards and Benchmarks related to cells, the function of cells (and groups of cells) in body systems, and energy, matter, and molecules in cells; however, the overall topic of nutrition is an interdisciplinary subject matter.
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This SciPack was full of great information about nutrition from all aspects. A lot of the information was great for review and the rest I learn a lot about nutrition I hadn't known before. I had a few glitches with the interactive portions not fully loading or running in a loop but it wasn't a huge problem. Overall, I would recommend this SciPack for anyone wanted in to dive deep into the world of nutrition, you will learn a lot!
This Scipack was extremely well-versed in touching on all aspects of nutrition. I learned a lot that I will take with me to my classroom as an elementary school teacher. I really enjoyed the interactive graphics throughout and felt like those really helped in reinforcing each section. Overall, this is a great tool for teachers and students alike.
I found this SciPack very useful! It breaks down essential key components of nutrition. I like how this resource includes learning outcomes, standards and benchmarks being covered, and pedagogical implications. Aside from learning the importance of foods we are consuming, it breaks down the consumption of age and gender. I, too, am learning something new for myself! There are some things that I have forgotten or didn’t even know. I’ll be using this SciPack in my classroom as well as my own dietary lifestyle! Very excited about this resource!
This SciPack was a good sampler platter of science background, nutritional resources, and teacher perspective. I caught myself reading for myself at times! :) As an elementary teacher, some of the chemical background was a little more than I'll need for my classes, but I enjoy learning the "why" behind the "what."
Ashley Townsend (Baton Rouge, LA)
I really enjoyed this overview of Nutrition for my SciPack! I think it is a great introduction for someone who is new to Nutrition, but also a great review for someone that needs to brush up on their Nutrition information as well! I felt that this was extremely helpful to jog my memory of things I learned previously. The graphics and interactive portions were very engaging and helpful! I think it is imperative for students to have Nutritional information for their personal lives and to make informed choices about their health, so it is in turn important for teachers to have a basic knowledge to inform their students and answer any questions they may have! This is a great tool for that! Make sure to take notes and give yourself helpful hints for the final assessment!
I enjoyed learning through this scipack. I liked how there were animations used throughout the different sections. Something else I liked was how everything was able to be listened to over the website. If I had had to read all of the parts, I would have never made it through. The information in the scipack was beneficial as well. There was so much that I didn't know and will help me not only teach, but eat better in the future. Nutrition is a very complicated concept because there is so much information to learn, but the scipack did a fantastic job at breaking it all down.
I learned so much from this scipack. I have always been interested in nutrition and how the body breaks down food since high school. During the each section, I was thinking about how I could use the content in the classroom. I would even incorporate some of the interactives such as placing organs where they go based on the description of its function. I see and understand the importance of nutrition, especially the nutrition in children; therefore, I would express that to my students if I were to teach the content. I feel that the best way to get the children to make more nutritional choices is to be a role model for them.
As I was going through this SciPack, I learned a lot about nutrition. This SciPack provided me with a lot of information about the body and how it breaks down food. I have always wanted to take a nutrition class to learn more about my body and what is good and bad for the body. I thought about how I would use this in my classroom, and I thought that I could teach my students a lesson over nutrition to try and keep them healthy. This SciPack also taught me how to be healthy so that I can be healthy for my students.
Overall, I really enjoyed the nutrition scipack. It was very interesting to me to learn how your body breaks down food and needs the right nutrients to function. It was very long, however, it was worth it. It will help me as a future educator to know what foods my students should be eating to help them be their very best.
Although this scipack was lengthy, I learned quite a bit of information. I thought I knew things about nutrition but after this scipack, I found that all I knew wasn’t true. I will be able to use this information in my future classroom and in my everyday life.
This SciPack was very informational. It helped me to review on a lot of topics and also learn new things. It went very in depth and I feel confident that I have gained a lot of knowledge from it. I can use the knowledge I gained with students. I can provide them with accurate nutritional information I would have not been able to if I had not completed this SciPack.
This SciPack was full of so much valuable information. Nutrition is something that I have been wanting to learn more about, and this SciPack was an easy way to do just that. The visuals and interactives for this professional development tool were great; they all worked very smoothly and helped further reinforce the information that I read about. I am pleased with this Nutrion SciPack, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to know a little more about food and what it does for your body!
This SciPack was extremely beneficial to me. Much of the information provided consisted of specific nutritional aspects that I had long forgotten. It was a much need refresher course that I genuinely enjoyed taking. The hands-on-activities and student preconceptions were my favorite! I look forward to sharing what I have learned with my future students.
I really thought this SciPak was interesting and beneficial! Although lengthy, I found the information very helpful. I think that this content is very important to communicate with students through science curriculum and out of the best interest of their health.
I thought this scipack was very informational. It was also very engaging.
Anisa (Dayton, OH)
This Sci-Pack was full of beneficial information about nutrition! I learned a lot from it, and I now know more about our body system, and hope to carry this information into my future classrooms.
Found this sci pack to be very informative and great for students of all grade levels, a few modifications would need to be made but overall it hit on several main topics in Nutrition.
Zoxchilt (Fairborn, OH)
The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic.
I had a lot of fear of science before learning about the NSTA Learning Center, and Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format. However, the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area.
Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Nutrition SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about this topic.
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)
Very informative, user-friendly, and interesting. Excellent interactive activities, and wonderful suggestions for hands-on activities. I'm eager to use this in the classroom. My ONLY objection is that the Final Assessment has some ambiguous questions that I couldn't defend well in class, but the imbedded quizzes have lots of excellent questions.
Gina (Ruidoso Downs, NM)
As an adult there are many topics and concepts that I do not remember learning in science as a child. As a future educator I believe it is important for me to know and refresh on those concepts. This SciPack helped me do just that! It broke everything down so that it was easy to understand and was a great tool for me to freshen up on the topic. It even gave me some great ideas on how to introduce the concept to my students as well as tools and activities I can do in my classroom. Thank you for this resource!
Among my favorite lessons. This is very relevant to everyone who understands the value of the food we eat. Very empowering.
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)
This SciPack was very helpful for someone wanting to learn about nutrition. It was extremely thorough. The interactives were not easy to use and seemed pretty dated. Overall it was informative and easy to navigate.
I really enjoyed going through this SciPack! It was packing with a lot of details. It went beyond just learning about food, but about the body and what it does with the energy from food. It even helps you to calculate how many calories you need to consume and which foods are most effective for certain activities. It almost seems like there was TOO much information. It was a lot to remember! Though it was very fascinating, it was jam-packed. However, it was neat being able to dig deep into the details and participate in the interactive portions of the SciPack. I recommend!
I thoroughly enjoyed this scipack. I learned so much about WHY we need to eat certain foods. They WHY not only is about our "looks", the scipack explains how each food group works internally. I also liked the references to myplate.com. I ventured on to that website and was easily able to determine what foods I need to eat based off of my physical activities throughout the day. Also, this pack does a great job explaining why water is extremely important. Personally, I have upped my water consumption, as well as have added more colored veggies and fruit to my daily diet. The only issue I had was the "experience" activities did not always work, especially in the first cluster of pack. I thought it was just my connection, but I tried other connections and they did not work. There were one or two in the water section that did not work either. Other than that, this was a great lesson!! I highly, highly, highly recommend it.
I think that this SciPack was very informative and I loved the interactive opportunities I was provided with. However, I was not able to participate in most of the interactive activities even though I had the flash player downloaded. I think that overall, I learned a lot from this SciPack and it was very interesting to me.
I thought this SciPack was very engaging and informative. There was definitely a lot of information included in this SciPack and it was overwhelming at times. This is a great overview and introduction for someone that would like to learn more about Nutrition.
This SciPack had a lot of great qualities about it. I enjoyed listening to the audio recordings to hear about the different concepts being explained or read aloud. I also enjoyed the embedded interactive activities because they allowed me to visually see a representation of what I was learning about. The activities also allowed me to discover more about nutrition. I think the Scipack would have greatly benefited from having more embedded activities because I learned a lot more about how it applies to the real world. The reason I did not give it a 5, is because I had a lot of technical difficulties with my SciPack which were beyond my control and required additional assistance.
This SciPack was filled with lots of interactive modules and simulations to keep me engaged. It is a very lengthy SciPack with a lot of content.
I thoroughly enjoyed this SciPack. I don't necessarily know if it would be helpful in the classroom, but for me personally it was a good reminder of all the different foods that we need to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. However, I do wish it talked more about vitamins and minerals; that section was very brief and not too helpful.
I thought that this SciPack had quite a bit of information, and I learned a lot. It was pretty time consuming, but very educational. I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to learn more about nutrition, or is wanting information on nutrition to teach others.
I thought this SciPack was full of valuable information. It taught me a lot about nutrition that I did not know. I had been wanting to explore nutrition more and this SciPack allowed me to do just that. The interactive activities were engaging ans\d helped me remember the information better then just reading a text. However, I thought a way to make the SciPack better would be to add some videos throughout the lessons to grab a students attention more. All in all I thought this SciPack was a valuable source of information for anyone who wants to know more about nutrition and its affect on the body. This would also be a great source for teachers who have higher level learners. When a higher level learner finishes his or her work based on nutrition they could use the nutrition SciPack to take their knowledge father.
This scipack was really helpful in understanding nutrition. I liked how it was informative and the hands-on approach to fully understand a concept. The only negative thing about this scipack, is the quizzes was tricky sometimes and confusing sometimes.
The SciPack was lengthy, but it provided detailed information about nutrition along with body processes of breaking down food. The information was a reminder of things I haven't learned about in years. Also, some of it I do not remember ever learning in school. I think the information learned in this SciPack is needed to explain health in science classes to students of any ages. It does provide more in depth information if you plan to teach nutrition to a high school class. It can be easily differentiated though. If you plan on taking this course, make sure you have the latest version of adobe flash drive on your device. I could not access many of the interactive links because my computer lacked it. Overall a great course to learn from.
This is a bit simple, but maybe good for teachers who have never been exposed to nutrition before.
James Sharp (El Paso, TX)
I learned a lot from the Pack, have visited links for more information, and am glad that I went through the learning opportunity. However, I too was frustrated by the pop-up windows that were not big enough to read all the text and the incredibly vauge. I felt well prepared for the final assessment and still had to take it all three times in order to pass (and I still had a low score). I plan to communicate with a nutrition expert to clear up the questions I was unsure of.
Lesley (San Antonio, TX)
The information provided in this learning experience
was interesting. It sugested energy is released
from food, which is counted in calories. It is important to adjust your food intake to your life style.
Keeping mind if you are active and not very active.
As teenagers this is not always taken in consideration. The topic also suggested that we
eat a variety of foods so that we will be able to supply the body with the 6 nutrients our bodies
need to grow and repair.
Even too much of anything is not good for
us, we should include some fat(lipids) in out diet.
As we grow the needs for our bodies change.
We should keep in mind some of the familiar health
issues we face today such as, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer
to name a few.
The vocabulary was extensive which included
all the vocabulary involved in this topic even some
that I had not considered when this lesson was reviewed. The resources were numeerous and
some I was familiar with.
I really enjoyed the refreshing information this SciPack provided me. I was happy to relearn info I had already committed to memory because it boosted my confidence as a 5th grade science teacher. I enjoyed the deeper understanding and many of the activities that I believe my students could benefit from as well. The hard work was worth the effort!!
I agree with some other reviewers that the questions on the tests are tricky, you think you understand them but the wording is poor. I went to school to be a dietitian (long time ago) and I didn't remember much of this information but had a hard time passing the test. I loved the intereactive pieces but some of them I could not read ll the information such as the vitamins and minerals matching. Loved the information and experiments for classroom activities but will definately make up my own tests.
Debbie (Bolingbrook, IL)
It was interesting to see how the food guide recommendations have changed through the years. It looks like the government is trying to make things simpler just to get the message through.
At times, nutrition seems like an an alphabet soup of acronyms, with AMDR, AI, UL, and DRA, to name a few. I felt like I got bogged down in acronyms at times. I don't know that I blame the SciPack for that--it's just how the world of nutrition is.
I do think that some parts of it made proper nutrition seem like a bit of a chore. Track your fruits, track your grains, track your vegetables, track your calories. At the end of the day, however, few things are as applicable to people as proper nutrition, and a strong message about taking care of your body is definitely needed in this country.
Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA)
This scipak is worth the time. Nice graphics, well timed variety of acitivities. Love the sugar hands on activity! One comment - it was disappointing to use the check your thinking boxes but be unable to read the message if it was longer than two lines.
Susan (Issaquah, WA)
The content was excellent and the hands-on-activites were really good. I will use many of them in my classes. I liked all the videos and little pop-ups too. What I didn't like were the REALLY tricky questions written in the quizzes and final test. Many had me second guessing myself and sometimes the wording, especially in the reverse true-falses (for example, which of the following are NOT....) I thought were terribly confusing. Word of advice, read the questions slooooow-ly and look for one tiny word to make a difference in your answer!
The subject matter was complete and well written but the assessment was not aligned with the SciPack quizzes and practice questions. Too much minutia rather that understanding, mastery, and comprehension. On the multiple answer questions you could have 3 out of 5 answers correct, have a final response that is subject to interpretation and end up with no credit for the question if you went the wrong way. Can't understand why they don't score the number of correct responses out of the possible total responses. It would make a lot more sense to me.
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)
The information found in this scipack is invaluable. Also included are a variety of hands on activities, and animations which help to support the information.
However, I found that in some of the animations the text boxes were too small so although information was provided it could not be accessed.
Also during the assessments some questions where the participant is requested to 'check all that apply' had choices which were poorly worded or extremely general which caused confusion. When the final exam was complete, I could not access the correct answers to the questions deemed incorrect without having to research the topic.
Please note that although the final results lists questions as being incorrect, partial credit is given for questions where multiple answers are required.
Overall the Scipack has wonderful information and activities. It is worth the time. Just be sure to take good notes and read carefully during the assessment.
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