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Find the fat and sugar content in foods in lesson designed to teach math and nutrition at the same time. Learners read food labels and convert grams to teaspoons in order to observe how much sugar is in a product. They also use fast food menus to convert percentage of fat into teaspoons of shortening.
Students evaluate snack foods based on calories and fat. In small groups, they use this information to make informed and wise food choices. Students graphically represent the fat in a food by measuring the equivalent of the food fat with shortening. Students determine what kind and amount of physical exercise would be needed to burn off the same number of calories from this snack food.
How much fat is in this? Scholars first read some background information on the caloric content of fats versus carbohydrates, and then use that knowledge to analyze foods they regularly eat. They will look at 5 package labels for the nutritional information and complete how much fat is in each serving. Then they find the total number of calories from fat per serving and multiply that number by 9 calories. Learners also find the percentage of fat from calories.
Students investigate which foods contain the most fat. In this nutrition lesson, students are introduced to the role dietary fat plays in our diet through various activities. Students compare snack foods and analyze the fat content in each food. This lesson plan includes various extension activities involving predicting and comparing the nutritional value in snack foods.