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The Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, P.E. & Health, Science  

Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5  

Objectives: Upon completing this lesson, students will be able to state the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Integration of Technology: Students will use the computer/internet which are powerful tools to help them gather information, and present their findings. Their autonomy and confidence will increase as they rely less on the teacher and more on their own initiative for knowledge – creation. This technology enables students to manipulate information in a manner that accelerates both understanding and the progression of higher-order thinking skills. As students gather more real-world data, and share findings with learners their role broadens from investigators of products to designers.

How Teacher will use technology in classroom: The teacher will use the computer/internet to develop a PowerPoint lesson, TrackStar, and a Word document to be used with the TrackStar lesson.

How student will use technology: Students will use the computer/internet to complete TrackStar word document. Students will the computer to develop an essay on the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Classroom Management Techniques: Instructor will ensure that each student has basic computer and computer security/fair use training prior to completing lessons. Also, instructor will provide training on how to complete a track star prior to students completing assignments. Instructor will ensure that each student has access to a computer by coordinating with the school computer lab instructors.

Preparation Before Class: Teacher will research the benefits of fruits and vegetables and develop a PowerPoint lesson that will reinforce these benefits.

Topics to explore will include: fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals to the body. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables can prevent disease.

Next, instructor will develop a PowerPoint lesson on the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Third, instructor will develop a track star on the benefits of fruits and vegetables using the reference information from the various websites and develop word document that correlates with this activity.

Introduction of Lesson: The lesson will be introduced by instructor asking the students to list three benefits of fruits and vegetables. Students will be able to work in small groups and will be allowed to share their answers with the large group shortly after they complete this activity.

Instruction: Instructor will discuss the following benefits of fruits and vegetables:

1. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals

2. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent disease.

Guided Activity: Students will write an essay on the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Independent Activity: Students will write an essay on the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Assessment: Instructor will use the student’s essay as an evaluation tool to be used to assess the amount of information that students retained from lesson on the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Extensions: Students will continue to use the internet as a reference for information on nutrition and health.

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