It was interesting to watch the kids' faces when I held up the ziplock baggies filled with sugar. "This is the 39 grams of sugar in THIS can of soda. This is how much sugar you drink." They couldn't believe it. They also couldn't wait to find out how much sugar was in their favorite foods.
We read the labels and learned that a serving size of pop tarts is actually only one pastry. Not two. Even though they come two to a serving package. Ditto for donettes. We also learned that pasta has almost no sugar and nacho cheese flavored doritos have less than 2 grams of sugar per serving. In fact, we couldn't find a single food with as much sugar as in the beverages we studied. Except for banana-strawberry yogurt. Yogurt was the most sugar-laden food--on par with a Pepsi. I was as surprised as the kids were at this revelation.
So, kids, if you want to reduce the amount of sugar you're consuming, what should you get for a treat at the ballpark this summer? Gatorade AND ice cream?
NO! Just the ice cream! Drink water!
That's right, kids. The moral of our nutrition lesson is: you're probably drinking more sugar than you're eating and if that's the case, the easiest way to reduce the sugar in your daily diet is to stick to drinking water instead of drinking soda, juice, milk or Gatorade.
I'm no longer working with the 2nd graders, but it sure would have been fun to hang those bags of sugar on posters and put them around the park's concession stand and on the school walls. (I have it on good authority that it's all phonics and math from here on out between the end-of-year field trips and stuff. Mr. G cried when he told me. Ah well.) Guess I'll stick to reminding the little buggers when I see them down at the ballpark when I'm watching Team Testosterone play their games.
Oh, one more good thing came out of the Month O' Subbing: I did a writer's workshop with the kids over the course of a week and sent home their entire process from first draft to final typed story. Last night one of the moms thanked me for doing the unit. Her son came home so proud, she thought it was the coolest assignment and he really DID show her all the steps from idea to list to first draft to finished copy. And one little girl flung her arms around me after printing out her story in the computer lab last week. "Thank you! This is the best thing I've ever written! I'm so proud!"
Well. This stoic old-timer's heart grew two sizes this month. Who'd have ever guessed it? (Green Girl hitches up her pantyhose, adjusts her hairnet and sniffs a bit while looking out her window.)