Nutrition Expedition

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Science                               

Grade:  2

Unit:  Nutrition Expedition                                      

Pacing:   January-April

Essential Question(s):

  1. How do our bodies use food?
  2. Where does pepperoni pizza come from?
  3. How does your garden grow?

Big Idea(s):

  1. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats convert energy to stay alive and grow.
  2. Food will either come from a plant or an animal.

       3.   Crop growth is influenced by sunlight, rainfall, and soil quality.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority Standards or GLEs :


2.4.1-Explain that food is a source of carbohydrates, proteins, and fat- nutrients that animals (including humans) convert to energy they use to stay alive and grow.

2.4.2-Classify foods into groups based on their source and relate common foods to the plant or animal they come from.

2.4.3-Give examples of ways people can improve soil quality and crop growth (e.g. irrigation, fertilizer, pest control.)

2.4.4-Compare and contrast how different cultures meet needs for basic nutrients by consuming various foods.





2.4.5- Evaluate the nutritional value of different foods by analyzing package labels.


“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


Foods are made up of

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Proteins


Food comes from

  • Plants
  • Animals


Soil, rain, and sun influence crop growth.


Explain (food source and crop growth)

Recognizes (soil quality)

Analyze (food label)

Evaluate and categorize (healthy/non healthy foods)





Instructional Planning

What will we use to teach the concept and skill

2.4.1- Nutrition Expedition

  • Activities 1-7 Meet the Royal Family.


2.4.2- Nutrition Expedition

  • Activities 1-7 Meet the Royal Family.


2.4.3- FOSS New Plants

  • Investigation 1 Part 1- Planting Brassica Seeds.


2.4.4- Supplemental Work

  • Class project on foods in different cultures.
  • Food Pyramids from other cultures.


2.4.5-Supplemental Work

  • Poster of food labels making healthy choices.


Suggested Resources/Materials:

o   Food Pyramid Pocket Chart

o   Little D Poster

o   Nutrition Posters

o   Little D-CD’s

o   Interactive internet games-Rate your plate

o   Aims Kit (See science facilitator)

o   Jaw Breakers and Heart Thumper

o   Page 80-Pyramid of Choice

o   Page 95- Fat Finder 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

o   Whole group instruction

o   Small group instruction

o   One-on-one instructional intervention

o   Science Manipulatives

o   Centers/File folder games


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

Food groups                   Vitamin

Energy                            Healthy




Sources of Protein

Sources of Carbohydrates

Sources of Fat


Food Labels








Healthy Food Party

Make a healthy editable food pyramid

Computer Games off Little D –CD

Field Trip to Stop and Shop or Shoprite

During snack reading food labels

Cultural activities-foods from all around the world

 Social Studies/ Reading- read books containing information on cultural foods.

Math- Little D worksheet Grains to Go