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The New York Times "Education" section posts an extensive lesson on vitamin and mineral deficiencies. It involves class discussion, examination of food packaging labels, and the reading of a blog post about Vitamin D. The highlight of the lesson is that small groups each research a different nutrient and create an informative poster. In addition, they write a narrative of a person who has a deficiency of the assigned vitamin or mineral. Afterward, individuals examine each poster and take notes, then they use the notes to diagnose the patients in the narratives.
Learners determine the amount of vitamin C present in 3 samples of juice stored in various light conditions. In this vitamin lesson plan, students investigate the amount of vitamin C present in juice exposed to different quantities of light. Learners complete a titration using iodine and a known amount of vitamin C to find a conversion factor used to determine the unknown concentrations of vitamin C. Students answer 3 questions and conclude how to preserve the most vitamin C in juice.
Chemistry pupils titrate vitamin C with indophenol indicator. They determine the amount of vitamin C in a variety of fruit juices and conduct qualitative analysis. This is an outstanding lesson plan for high school chemists when studying acids and learning titration techniques. Seven activity sheets, extensive teacher's notes, and a grading rubric make this a treasure-trove resource.
Students create a graphic organizer showing the importance of Vitamin D intake. In this Vitamin D lesson, Students list problems with Vitamin D deficiency and create poster boards in small groups. Individually, students will create menus that support a healthy enriched Vitamin D diet.
An incredibly thorough instructional activity on vitamins, and how to keep one's body at peak health. Learners access a variety of excellent worksheets embedded in the plan that have them consider raw vs. cooked foods, a vegetable nutrition summary, exposing dietary myths, and more. An excellent plan!
Students react to a series of statements about sodas, then read a news article about the addition of vitamins to sodas to increase sales. For this nutrition and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
The two-day "Vital Vitamins" lesson from Do Something, Inc. is all about vitamins. Learners pair up to research a specific vitamin. There are two categories: water-soluble and fat-soluble. They research and write an information card on their particular vitamin and then choose to create a sign, an informational video, or build a small website to present their information.
Students explore the importance of vitamins and minerals to the body. In this nutrients instructional activity, students conduct an experiment to find out what happens to bones if they don't get enough calcium, solve vitamin mysteries, and complete a vitamin and mineral match.
Hear is a close-up inspection of some of the compounds found in the Centrum Multi-Vitamin. Each slide shows the steps required for forming one. The compounds are as follows: chromium (III) chloride, cupric sulfate, manganese (III) sulfate, stannous chloride, and zinc oxide. You could use this presentation in a health, biology, or chemistry class. It would be valuable to also explain the vital benefit of each compound to the human body.
Learners gather information about vitamin C deficiency, and research how scurvy was prevented in sea-going ventures during The Age of Sail. They create a "Scurvy Log" that will allow them to connect what they have learned about scurvy and its effects on the body (as vitamin C deficiency), and how ship provisioners, captains, and crew could work to prevent scurvy at sea.