Do Carrots Help You See Better?

Does a carrot a day keep the eye doctor away? Junior nutritionists tackle the legend of better eyesight through carrot consumption using a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions playlist. The narrator exposes the origins of the myth, what vitamin A does for your eyes, and other foods that give our bodies a vitamin A boost.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Work the video into a nutrition lesson or unit about the human eye
  • Have the class research the foods shown to determine which has the highest vitamin A content
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have some prior knowledge of the structure of proteins to understand the retinal explanation
Pros

  • Presents content in an upbeat, interesting manner
  • Narrator clearly explains the role of vitamin A in eye health
Cons

  • None
Common Core