A couple of months ago, while working on some new curriculum, one of my colleagues showed me a photo essay titled What the World Eats. Each picture in the series depicts a family with the food that they would typically eat in a given week. The locations and families pictured are as diverse as Mongolia is from America. Given time to study the images, one can draw many conclusions about the lives and challenges of those pictured. From there further conclusions can be draw about economic opportunity and its connection to food and health. As a teacher I can see many possible application of this resource in many different types of classrooms.
For the purposes of AP Bio, I figured that it would be useful on a day when we were exploring nutritional needs. As is the case with most activities for this class, I came up with some loosely defined guidelines, tossed it to the students, and told them they would need to report their findings. As the students looked through the photos a buzz of discussion arose in the room. Quite honestly, it has been a while since I have heard so much on-topic talk. In the end each group was to report, but only one did. Everyone had essentially reached the same conclusion. Affluence has lead to a diet in the western world that is composed largely of processed foods. A reality that we all knew to be true, but it was cool to see students arrive at their own conclusion after looking at the photo essay.
This activity, as well as others, is mentioned in this installment of the week in review (2/11-2/15) by Auon Syed and Jarrett Bumidang.
Like any other given week, we went over our brainteasers and video lectures in the beginning of each class period as well as count our flies for our labs. This week in Mr. Kite’s AP BIO class, we began a new unit where we learned about the importance of essential nutrients on our health. To further educate ourselves on the topic, we broke into groups and learned about an assigned section and taught it to the class. We also presented and shared our thoughts of how the countries we live affect our diets. The class was unanimous in that more developed countries ate more processed foods when compared to developing countries. Overall, we learned many new things this week through interactive activities that required thought and participation
In this week of Biology, we started off the week by watching a video on the challenges different animals and plants have to go through in order to survive. The whole purpose of watching the video was to find how the form of certain plant or animal meets to a specific function needed to be carried out. Towards the middle of the week we talked about anabolic steroids and their effects on homeostasis. Most of these anabolic steroids are taken by professional athletes who want to build muscle faster than they usually would, but do not realize the harmful effects they have on the human body plus the imbalance brought upon by it. Near the end of the week we discussed different trends among families and the amount of food they eat. From this we discussed energy needs and metabolism varying in every country.
That’s a week of Bio in a wrap!