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But that's not all. Check out the introductory video that explains why we created the Fuddlebrook School Science Series.
Second only to potatoes in vegetable popularity, carrots should show up in a healthy diet.
Learning about the science of color and the art of color is very “cool!” Don’t forget to appreciate the wonder of color this holiday season!
Chances are one of your New Year’s resolutions includes healthier eating. In fact, three of the top five 2019 resolutions, according to the website Vitagene, revolve around eating healthy and exercising.
That's where carrots come in! A medium-size carrot has 25 calories, 6 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fiber. It’s an excellent source of vitamin A, providing more than 200% of your daily requirement in just one carrot. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, a natural chemical that the body changes into vitamin A. The deeper orange the carrot, the more beta-carotene you’re getting. In fact, carrots were first grown as medicines, not as food.
Here’s some more fun facts about this root vegetable.
• Carrots can be traced back about 5,000 years through historical documents and paintings. No one knows exactly when the first carrots appeared, because many people mistook them for parsnips, a close relative of the carrot.
• There are more than 100 species of carrots.
• The name carrot comes from the Greek word “karoton.” The beta-carotene that is found in carrots was actually named for the carrot itself. The word carrot is first recorded in English in a 1538 book of herbs.
• Carrot seeds are so small that about 2000 seeds can fit in a teaspoon.
• Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste. Carrots stimulate gums and trigger a lot of saliva, which, being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria. The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.
• The belief that eating carrots improves night vision is a myth put forward by the British in World War II to mislead the enemy about their military capabilities.
In the Fuddlebrook book, Bert’s Crazy Growth Concoction, Bert learns about healthy eating habits and making good food choices in a most entertaining way. Read the story and then watch our video as we grow a carrot from a carrot.
Happy 2020! And you might consider adding carrots to the menu!
Color is all around us and there’s no time like the holidays to experience it. Twinkling lights, bright colored decorations, ribbons, and beautiful packages all add to the wonder of the season. Let’s take a moment to consider the science of color. It’s truly awesome!
Most people perceive a million different colors. We have many words for these colors, but language can never capture our extraordinary range of hues. Our powers of color vision derive from cells in our eyes called cones, three types in all, each triggered by different wavelengths of light. Every moment our eyes are open, those three cones fire off messages to the brain. The brain then combines the signals to produce the phenomena we call color.
Take one cone away—go from being what scientists call a trichromat to a dichromat—and the number of possible combinations drops to 10,000. Almost all other mammals, including dogs and some monkeys, are dichromats. The richness of the world most humans see (color blindness affects approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women in the world) is rivaled only by that of birds and some insects, which also perceive the ultraviolet part of the spectrum.
Researchers suspect, though, that some people see even more. Living among us are people with four cones, who might experience a range of colors invisible to the rest. In fact, British scientists discovered such a woman known only as cDa29, (and suspect there are more) about a decade ago. It’s possible these so-called tetrachromats see a hundred million colors, with each familiar hue fracturing into a hundred more subtle shades for which there are no names. And because perceiving color is a personal experience, they would have no way of knowing they see far beyond what we consider the limits of human vision.
What would it be like to see through cDa29’s eyes? Unfortunately, she cannot describe how her color vision compares with ours, any more than we can describe to a dichromatic person what red looks like. Learn more.
In the book Liza’s Colorful Tale, we learn more about color and the light waves that create it. We create colors beyond the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue by mixing, adding or subtracting colors. But that’s not all. Check out our holiday art project as we create cool and colorful ice sculptures.
Even though most of us don’t have super vision like cDa29, seeing a million colors is pretty special! Take time this holiday season to “drink in” the wonder of color that surrounds us.
This new series marvelously succeeds in introducing young students to inquiry-based, experiential learning of scientific concepts that are age-appropriate. Moreover, students have the opportunity to explore story-based scientific concepts further through hands-on investigations.
--Teresa, Biology Ph.D; former elementary teacher, Springfield, MO
The thing I love most about the Fuddlebrook series is the connection aspect. Not only have the creators connected literacy and science, they have also provided opportunity for exploration of all areas of life. The dispositions and traits of the characters are consistent throughout the books and lead to discussions about friendship, bullying, loyalty, honesty, and humility. Fuddlebrook is "teaching the whole child by connecting to life."
--Carolyn, First Grade Teacher, Ozark, MO