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Health Education - 5th Grade
Standard 6 Objective 2
2 class periods of 45 minutes each
Salt is important to human life. Potassium, added to salt, helps the kidneys regulate the body's fluid levels. Salt, made from sodium and chloride, is found in many beverages and foods we eat. Some people consume 10 times more salt than required daily. What are the real risks connected to our salt intake?
"Salt is made up of sodium and chloride. Sodium makes up approximately 40% of salt. One teaspoon of salt contains 2000 milligrams of sodium. A safe and adequate amount of sodium is 1000-3000 milligrams intake daily. Americans consume much more sodium than their bodies require." Encarta 99
Students should be familiar with the Food Pyramid, food label information, and what salt is. They should also be familiar with the concept of chemical compounds.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of chemical and physical changes. Students will be able to explain how salt is made, used, and the affects it has on the body. Students will understand that salt in moderation is important to our health.
Some students will feel more comfortable researching by themselves. Most students will want to work in pairs or a small group.
Have food labels available for studens to look at.