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Folic Acid Awareness Curriculum

How to Use the Folic Acid Learning Program

  • Download the program and incorporate the content with related topics.  The activities are designed to be either teacher-directed or student-directed.
  • Use the program as a large group activity by downloading the Folic Acid presentation (PDF) (Power Point You will need PowerPoint Viewer to view this file.). Then, present it as a slide presentation. Follow it up with a large group discussion and an evaluation of learning by a paper and pencil test you develop from the presentation's content.
  • Assign the program as small group projects. Have students work though the presentation and learning activities.

Learning Resources

Resources for your students have been provided in this instructional package. Other sites for you to use as resources are:

  • Folicacid.net - This site includes a tutorial program for advanced students.
  • Spina Bifida Association- This site includes samples of educational materials physicians use for prevention of neural tube defects. WIC nutritionists may be contacted for classroom presentations on folic acid and other adolescent health topics related to nutrition.

Learning Activities

  • Activity 1 is designed for the Health and Life Science Class and targets students in grades six through seven. It is included as part of the Teacherís Guide to use as a teacher-directed activity.
  • Activity 2 and 3 are designed for Biology, eighth grade Life Science, eighth grade Health, Health Science Technology, Family, and Consumer Science.
  • Activity 4 is a higher-level activity designed for Anatomy and Physiology and twelfth grade Health Science Technology.

Evaluation of Learning

Evaluation of the project activities may be designed by students through development of questionnaires. The questionnaires are to be used for target participants of the projects. Surveying the participants can demonstrate effectiveness of the project. Written tests to measure new knowledge learned have not been provided in this instructional package.

Sample Pledge Card

Sample Pledge Card

Folic Acid Information Sheet - Questions and Answers

  • What is folic acid?
    Folic acid is a B vitamin that is an essential nutrient for healthy growth and development.
  • What is folate?
    Folate is another form of the B vitamin folic acid that occurs naturally in food.
  • What is the difference between folic acid and folate?
    There are two important differences between folic acid and folate:

Where they are found:

Folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin that is in supplements and fortified foods. Folate is found naturally in foods such as orange and other citrus juices, green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, and beans.

How the body uses them:

Natural folate is only partially absorbed. Synthetic folic acid is almost completely absorbed by the body.

  • How can I get enough folic acid?
    You should take a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, in addition to eating a healthy diet that includes foods rich in folic acid such as fortified cereals and bread, orange juice and leafy vegetables.

Folic Acid Information Resources