Cross Curricular Opportunities

January 06, 2012 | 12:01 pm

“Today, kids, we are going to eat some Broccoli Quiche with Raspberry Crumb Cake for our science class.”  Now that sounds like the beginnings of a popular science lesson!  Create a cross-curricular opportunity with your school’s Family and Consumer Science (FACS) class and our recipe cards.

More and more, teachers today are encouraged to collaborate and incorporate other subjects for a lesson or unit of study, and let’s face it – those English and history teachers have it easy on this front.  But with our recipe cards, your science or agriculture classes can work with and learn from the FACS classes in your school.  First, science students model the transport of water and nutrients through the xylem by using food coloring and celery stalks or carnations.  Students should discuss diffusion and how it delivers nutrients to the plant, which we, in turn, consume.  This diffusion activity is part of the Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century High School, Lesson 4: Plant Nutrient Deficiencies.  Then, the Nutrition class or Family and Consumer Science class concurrently analyze [the nutritional value of each dish, discuss where the nutrients come from, and then cook the food.  Both classes share and model their findings, which -of course- includes sampling the delicious recipes!  The Nutrients for Life Foundation recently added Apple Cookies, Moist Carrot Cake, Easy Broccoli Quiche, and Raspberry Crumb Cake recipes to the collection of recipe cards.  In order to meld the two classes’ findings together, the conclusion discussion should include topics on agriculture productivity.  For instance, during the past 50 years the population of Earth has more than doubled, yet the amount of land devoted to farming has stayed close to the same.  Additionally, it is estimated that Earth will hold 8 to 9 billion people by 2050.  How will we feed all these additional people? (See the Introduction to the Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum for more information).  As stated in the National Science Education Standards, students should understand that nutritional balance has a direct effect on growth, development, and personal well-being.  Also stated in the NSES Content Standards, students should develop understanding of the interdependence of organisms.  The earth does not have infinite resources; increasing human consumption places severe stress on the natural processes that renew some resources, and it depletes those resources that cannot be renewed.  In this interdisciplinary activity, every ingredient the classes use has something in common- fertilizer.  E-mail to request your recipe cards today!  Also, remember that the Nutrients for Life Foundation offers a $50 mini-grant to help offset the costs of implementing our curriculum for qualified teachers.