Objective: Children will perform an experiment to understand how the body processes the food we eat.
Every time you take a bite of food, your body starts the process of breaking the food down into something useful for your body. You take a bite, and your teeth grind up the food to make it small enough to swallow. Your saliva mixes with the food in your mouth to help it slide down your throat. Next, the muscles in your throat squeeze the food, like a toothpaste tube, into your stomach.
Your stomach works like a mixer, churning and mashing the food into even smaller pieces. In the stomach, the food is mixed with digestive juices to help it move on to the next step. The food continues to your intestines to allow the vitamins, minerals, protein, and other good stuff from the food to be used by your body. This entire process can take a whole day or sometimes 2 days to complete!
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.