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Vitamins Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help students understand the importance of specific vitamins to the functioning of the human body. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer, and discuss which foods they should eat daily.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list and explain vitamins essential to the healthy functioning of the human body
  • identify foods that contain vitamins they need daily

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.A

Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Instructions

  • Begin the lesson by asking for a show of hands of how many students take a daily multivitamin. Ask the question 'Why do some people take a daily multivitamin?' and write student responses on the board.
  • Ask students to take out a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Model the following chart on the board and have students create it on their paper:

Vitamin Fat- or Water-Soluble? Foods it is found in: What it does for the body: Other information:
  • Begin the video lesson What Are Vitamins? - Definition, Types, Purpose & Examples. Ask students to fill in their charts as they watch.
  • Pause the video at 1:34 to give students some time to fill in information related to fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Pause the video at 2:30 to give students some time to fill in information related to water-soluble vitamins.
  • Pause the video at 4:41 and ask for student volunteers to read their entries for the 'What it does for the body' column for each of the vitamins. This will help students fill in any blanks they might have.
  • Finish the video, answering any lingering questions before moving on.

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