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In this studying the diets of indigenous people instructional activity, students read the passage and answer 6 questions that are matching, multiple choice, choosing words unscrambling words, and research topics.
Second graders investigate the concept of a balanced diet and how the food pyramid is organized. They conduct research using the links included in the lesson. They differentiate the parts of the pyramid while looking at the food of pizza.
Students list at least 10 different food items grown/produced in their community, identify what each food item contains and make a list of different food items which constitute a balanced diet. They bring in food samples and write food poems.
Students keep a daily diet diary and discuss the Food Pyramid. They investigate other geometric shapes as a way to display daily food guidelines. In groups, they design a menu for the Food Pyramid Restaurant.
First graders draw and label a food pyramid. Using the pyramid and the internet, 1st graders create their own healthy diet. They use educational technology to fill their plate with healthy choices for their diet. Once students have completed putting "food on their plate," they save the document to show to the teacher.
Students examine their eating habits and experience analyzing data and drawing conclusions. They construct models of the molecular backbone of saturated and unsaturated fats. In addition, they examine the labels of their food, record the nutritional information, and determine the health of their diet.
Young scholars explore the importance of fruits and vegetables in our diets. In this science lesson plan, students discuss various types of fruits and vegetables. Young scholars play the good health=good diet game. Students discuss types of fruits and vegetables grown in the United States and prepare the soil for planting.
Students research AIDS and the role of diet and exercise with the disease. In this AIDS lesson, students listen to a mini lecture about the diet and exercise needs of people who have AIDS. Students learn about alternative therapies to treat the disease.
Young scholars discover foods that astronauts eat in space and eat an actual astronaut meal. In this astronaut diet lesson, students discover how food is freeze-dried and packaged for use in space. Young scholars compare an astronaut's diet to their own and discuss how those foods might be packaged for use in space. Students then create a diet plan for an astronaut.
Students investigate primary sources to determine the foods that comprised the diet of the Colorado Indians. They investigate how the men, women, and students played specific roles in getting, preparing, and preserving food.
Learners complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Bear's Diet. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students watch the documentary "Diet Wars" and answer worksheet related questions on positive and negative influences on health and diet.
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.
Students evaluate their eating habits, focusing on the ways in which one assesses whether or not his or her diet is nutritious. They work in small groups to design a menu for a healthy lunch and write a paragraph justifying their choices.
Learners examine how the diet industry is contributing to our frustration over unwanted pounds. They identify the part fat plays in their diets and determine if they live in a food toxic environment.
Students determine food groups and design a balanced menu plan. In this food pyramid lesson, students use the VisualThesaurus to write a definition of each food group and find foods in each group, then use this information to plan create a balanced diet plan for one day.
Students examine the growing prevalence of processed sugar in the American diet, first through a demonstration that makes graphically clear the amount of sugar an average boy and girl consumes on a daily basis.
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.
From start to finish, this is a truly excellent lesson plan addressing the epidemic of diet-related disease in the United States. Learners begin with a reading excerpt of detailed information on trends in the American diet and the variety of influences that affect food choice. Instructors are then well supported in a presentation that includes major talking points, discussion prompts, illustrative and descriptive graphics, and important facts. Finally, the lesson plan is concluded with an engaging activity where class members will get up from their seats to state which influence they believe has the greatest effect on what we eat.
Students explore the diet of insects. In this "insects" biology lesson, students take a nature walk and collect various natural materials they think may be eaten by insects. Students sort and classify these materials into three diet categories (plant, decaying matter, and animal) then complete a related insect diet worksheet.