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- Andrea G., Teacher
- Jacksonville, FL
Diet Teacher Resources
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Students read a story called Mayor Puts City on Diet to Lose a Million Pounds and answer vocabulary and comprehension questions about it. In this current event Lose a Million Pounds lesson plan, students respond to literature by answering questions, recalling details, sharing facts, locating fattest to fittest U.S. cities on a map, creating a chart and recording participants daily weight loss, and using idioms tied to food.
Discuss nutrition and identify components of a healthy diet, view a Food Guide Pyramid, and create a Personal Food Pyramid, listing all foods eaten in the past 24 hours. Compare food lists with the standard Food Guide and determine where dietary changes need to be made. Finally, read and discuss scenarios on "What Am I Missing?" cards and diagnose hypothetical cases of malnutrition.
Help 8th graders compare their diets to the diets of concentration camp prisoners. They will compare their diets to those of teenagers imprisoned in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Additionally they will create a spreadsheet and enter information in a personal diary. Suggested novels and links are included.
Learners define the terms "mass," "volume," and "density." The relationship between these three terms is established. They observe the differences between Regular and Diet Coke. They develop an hypotheses about why a can of Regular Coke sinks and a can of Diet Coke floats.
Learners experiment with various foods to determine fat and starch content. They rub jam, peanut butter, bananas, and other foods in a small circle on a piece of paper, and observe the results. If there is a high fat content in the foods, the paper will be transparent. Then, they check for starch content using iodine. They record their results as they perform the experiments.