Cool Off With Storm's Strong Ice Cream

Title of Lesson: Storm’s Strong Ice Cream

Background: Storm is a superhero with the ability to control the weather. Severe weather can be destructive, so humans have learned to engineer buildings to withstand strong winds, heavy precipitation, and scorching sunlight. Similarly, our bodies have bones and skin to give us a strong structure and protect our organs from harm.

Grades: K-5

Learning Goals:

  • Students will describe how the structure of our bodies is similar to the structure of buildings.
  • Students will identify ways to maintain skin and bone health.
  • Students will identify calcium as an important mineral for bone health.
  • Students will identify foods that keep skin healthy.
  • Students will learn how to make healthy ice cream.

Materials:
One recipe makes 10 -½ cup servings. Determine amounts needed based on number of students.

  • 10 very ripe bananas peeled and frozen overnight (it is very important to peel bananas before freezing but do not cut)
  •  ½ cup low fat milk
  •  ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • Blender
  • Spatula
  • Plastic knives
  • Paper plates or cutting boards
  • Cups or bowls to serve ice cream
  • Spoons 

Vocabulary:

  • Structure: something built of many parts
  • Skeleton: the bones that give our body structure
  • Calcium: a mineral necessary for bone health
  • Absorb: to take in or soak up

Lesson:

  1. Storm is one of the X-Men and is powerful because she can fly and control the weather. She can control the temperature by making it hot or cold. She can make the skies sunny and clear, or create lots of rain, snow, sleet, and hail.
  2. Storm can even create severe weather like thunderstorms, hurricanes, blizzards, or tornadoes. What happens during severe weather? (heavy rain/snow, strong winds) You have experienced severe weather right here in Texas! When a severe thunderstorm or a tornado happens, you know you are safest inside your house or another building.  Why? Houses and buildings are strong enough to withstand severe weather. How? Engineers and architects design and build buildings in specific ways and with sturdy materials like wood, steel, and concrete to keep them from blowing away during strong winds or collapsing under heavy snow.
  3. Just like buildings made from strong materials, our bodies have bones and skin to keep us strong and stable.
  4. The human skeleton is made up of 206 bones. Bones are crucial because they give our body its shape and structure. Without bones, we would look more like a blob than a person! Some of our bones are special because they also protect your organs. Your rib cage protects your heart and lungs and your skull protects your brain.
  5. Though your skin is not part of your skeleton, it is also a protective covering for your organs and muscles. Skin helps shape our bodies and maintain the right temperature. The bones and skin in our bodies work together to protect us from getting hurt and help us be able to run and play.
  6. If buildings are not taken care of over time, parts of it will break or fall apart, making the building less sturdy and safe. Our bodies are the same way. We need to take care of our bones and skin to keep the structure of our body strong and healthy.
  7. There lots of ways you can keep your skin and bones healthy. One of the best ways is to eat foods with lots of vitamins and minerals. Your skin can get the vitamins and minerals it needs when you eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Your bones need the mineral called calcium. Do you remember from our Batman lesson that calcium helps the brain? Well, it is also a mineral that keeps your bones strong so they don’t break. We find calcium in foods like milk, kale, and broccoli!
  8. Today we’re going to make sure our skin and bones stay strong by making a healthy ice cream! Like other ice creams, this one contains milk which is a great source of calcium and will keep our bones strong. However, there is a special ingredient in the ice cream today that has lots of the mineral potassium. Can you guess what it is? (Hint: It was in the Batman smoothie) The main ingredient in this treat is banana! Bananas are full of the mineral potassium which helps keep your skin and bones healthy and strong, but they will ALSO help your body absorb the calcium from the milk! That means the bananas will help our bones soak up more calcium from the milk than usual! We will also be adding cinnamon to our ice cream which is great for skin health. 

Activity:
Students will make their own Storm’s Strong Ice Cream. See similar Banana Ice Cream recipe below for nutrition details. One recipe makes 10 servings (½ Cup each).

  1. Ask children to wash their hands and help set up cooking station. Distribute plastic knives and plates or cutting boards.
  2. Explain that to make ice cream you usually need to freeze all of your ingredients so that they will harden. The bananas have been frozen overnight so they are ready to be made into our ice cream.
  3. Demonstrate how to cut the banana into small rounds. Explain that the banana has to be small enough so that the blender can chop it up and make it smooth. Cut all bananas into small rounds.
  4. Blend the bananas in the blender.
  5. Measure out milk and pour into blender. Blend for a few seconds.
  6. Measure out honey and vanilla and pour into blender.
  7. Measure out cinnamon and nutmeg and add to blender.
  8. Blend ingredients until smooth. Invite children to watch as everything becomes combined. Ask them to describe what’s happening in the blender. Does it look like a certain type of weather pattern? (tornado)
  9. Once ice cream mixture is smooth, remove blender from base. Scoop ice cream from blender into bowls.

What I Learned/Assessment:

  1. How are buildings similar to our bodies?
  2. What is one of the best ways to keep your bones and skin healthy?
  3. What mineral is important for bone health?
  4. What types of foods should you eat to keep your skin healthy?
  5. What two ingredients in the ice cream will help your skin and bones stay strong?

Sources:
  http://kidshealth.org/