Essential Nutrient Worksheet

9th - 12th

In this nutrients worksheet, learners identify the functions and sources of 7 essential nutrients and answer 17 questions about the digestive system, a balanced diet, proteins, organic molecules and vitamins.

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Students investigate nutrient concentrations in lake water. In this biological communities lesson plan, students experiment with nitrogen and phosphorus cycles using real life situations.  Students discuss watersheds, runoff, and both natural and non-natural sources. 

Mission 4: Exploring Body Systems

Students discover how nutrition impacts major body systems. In this nutrition lesson, students brainstorm how they think the digestive system works and discuss how essential nutrients impact major body systems. They work in groups to research different body systems, and each group creates a poster and slogan to promote healthy eating.

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Nutrient Cycling

AP environmental science or college-level ecology classes will glean a tremendous amount of information on nutrient cycles from this detailed PowerPoint. It covers nutrient requirements, biogeochemcial cycles, decomposition rates, and plant adaptations when nutrient conditions are low. There are diagrams and flow charts to help explain the concepts. The 53 slides of information will require a few class sessions to dispatch.


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Students record two consecutive days of food intake. They identify which nutrients are below 70%. They compare diet composition between protein, fats, and carbohydrates. They evaluate fat in the diet to fall below the American Cancer Society recommendation of less than 30%.

Food and the Digestive System

Students investigate the digestive system. In this human biology lesson, students read an article about the digestive system and go onto a suggested website to review what they have learned. Students are asked questions as an assessment.

Nutrients by the Numbers

Students read and discuss an article on the amount of sugar in various food products. They compare the nutritional values of food products, calculate their daily intake of nutrients, analyze serving sizes, and compare/contrast their own diets to the daily recommended percentages.

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Students perform tests for the presence of certain macromolecules.  In this health and biology lesson, students rotate in groups to three lab stations and perform tests for proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates found in familiar foods.

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