Summer Science Fun for the Human Body

 

 Nutrition and Cooking with your child

Students love to learn about themselves and their bodies. Inside your Outside, from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library by Trish Rabe, is a story that has an Inside-Your-Outside machine. At the end of the story after learning all about our bodies the reader discovers:

As you grow, you will know, 
that your bones will get longer,
Your lungs will get bigger, 
your muscles grow stronger.
Your brain and your heart will guide all you do.
Someone special is inside your outside—it’s YOU!
 


We all want vibrant good health for our children and ourselves. I have been adding more information about nutrition and the human body to many of the classes  I teach. I would like to share some of my favorite sites and links with you.

In Kindergarten, we study the organ systems of our bodies and draw them on t-shirts: heart, lungs, spine, and others. A great site for putting it all together is Arnold. The students love to help Arnold get his body parts all in the right place.

In the First Grade, our nutrition unit is excerpted from “Nutrition Explorations” and we are assisting Lil’ D the dragon to learn about a healthy life style. The Royal Food Family is teaching Lil’ D good foods to eat. The dragon lost all his scales from eating junk food; he complains about how his stomach hurts and he has no energy to play soccer.

The children love to help the dragon learn and recently we have tasted Kale and Asparagus as part of our learning. We also made foods from the grain group.

Due to food allergies, our zucchini and banana bread recipes are nut free, dairy free, egg free as well as gluten free! When I adapted the recipes, I was not sure how they would turn out. It was a true experiment but two Kindergarten and two First Grade classes later; I can promise you kids like it and it tastes great! Both recipes list in their ingredients either eggs, yogurt or applesauce, so use whichever you want! If you the dish to be dairy-free, you can use applesauce instead of yogurt. For egg-free you can use yogurt or applesauce. To make the recipes gluten-free, just use gluten- free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour.

The younger students also love to play nutrition games with Lil’ D. My third graders have enjoyed the antics of Arianna Bones and the Case of the Missing Food Groups! They love to play Food Force One! It has amazing maps and the students have to find all the ingredients to create several different foods.

I hope that you have a wonderful summer with lots of experiences involving science, health and great nutrition. In revising how we regard their far-reaching attributes, and with our yearning for a healthy family and planet, I leave you with these words from Franklin D. Roosevelt:

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships–the ability of all people, of all kinds, to live together in the same world at peace.
Article first appeared in LA Mom Magazine: 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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