This year my 5th grade students will come to understand that super foods are high in antioxidants. They will learn that antioxidants help to keep the body disease free and they also help to reduce many side affects in the aging process. Basically, they help keep us "young." I want my students to understand that food is medicine and medicine is food. For instance, some super foods can be eaten raw, like blueberries, and we can get their full benefits. Others, like cocoa powder, need to be eaten in a prepared way, like in hot cocoa or in coffee (which is also high in antioxidants) or in smoothies. I want for my students to understand that super foods are fun to eat, cook or bake with, and most importantly that they taste great.
This year I'm bringing super foods out of my house and kitchen and into my classroom. My students and I are going to create a super foods wall calendar. Each week a different student will focus on a different super food and teach the other students about the benefits of that particular food. All the foods will be either a fruit, vegetable, grain or nut in order to respect my vegetarian students. This school year, not only are my students extending their nutritional register and world view on food, but they are also expanding their few of health and personal health care. My favorite part will be seeing the kids recognize the science connected to eating.
Each month we will have a super foods feast, where I will bring in the super foods that were discovered. This is going to be a super foods journey and we'll be eating well the entire way!
Would you like to join my class in our super foods journey? If so, check out what we will be eating and learning about each month.
Spinach, chard, collard greens
Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin, edamame
Quinoa, chia seed, steel-cut oats, flax seed
Lentils, pomegranates, wheat germ
Carrots, sweet potatoes, beets
Brussel Sprouts, mustard greens, spirulina, cauliflower
Bell peppers (red), hot peppers, avocado, kiwi
Blueberries, strawberries, papaya, mangoes
Grapefruit, lemon/lime, peaches, watermelon