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Diet: Cereal Grains and Nutrition
Students identify the nutritional value of various cereal grains. Without adding sugar, they cook with grains and compare the taste to cereal containing sugar. In addition, students complete worksheets about the different grains, noting their characteristics.
Nutrition and the Elderly
Study the nutrition of elderly people and how it helps them to remain independent and healthy. Learners investigative the nutrition concerns of the elderly. MyPlate, vitamine requirements and sensory changes in the elderly are discussed. Note: The lesson would be great for 12th graders thinking about working as a CNA.
The Great Whole Grain Cereal and Oatmeal Chapter
Students investigate the nutrition benefits of whole grain cereals and oatmeal. They decide to choose whole grain cereals and oatmeal. Students list the protective effects of whole grain cereal and oatmeal against heart disease, cancer and type II diabetes. They try to include more whole grain cereals and oatmeal in their diets
Students watch television commercials, then analyze the nutritional value of the cereals. In this health and nutrition lesson plan, the teacher shows students several cereal commercials, then the students describe the cereals. Students read the nutritional label for each type of cereal, then look at how much sugar and salt is in each type of cereal and determine how healthy each type is.
New! Nutritional Challenges
Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially for people with special dietary needs. After learning about standard nutritional needs for adults, learners take on the role of a dietician and work together to create a menu for one of the following unique nutritional needs: High blood pressure Vegetarian Pregnancy Lactose intolerance Type 2 diabetes High performance athletes Astronauts By examining the special dietary restrictions for their assigned person, groups determine how to ensure a balanced menu while taking into account the unique issues facing their assigned nutritional specialty. Additionally, each child keeps a food diary to get in touch with his/her own caloric intake. To see what the lesson plan might look like, watch the video included in the Additional Materials section.
"Energy Plus!" from Together Counts is three days worth of lessons, discussions, and activities about nutrition. The materials help you teach youngsters about eating healthy and burning calories. Energy in and energy out. Included are information on nutrition labels and food groups, links to fact sheets, a worksheet, and the website for dietary guidelines. A project incorporates what they have learned into creating either a commercial or a printed ad for a food product.
Fit With Fiber
Sixth graders investigate the nutritional value of different types of cereal. They take a survey of students that ate breakfast and create a circle graph with the results. Students examine the nutritional information on the sides of the boxes of cereal and discuss the meanings.
Nutrition and You
Students use the internet to gather information on proper nutrition. They examine the food pyramid and categorize food into the groups they belong. They develop their own healthy cereal idea and advertising.
New! Your Nutrition Needs
It takes some work to ensure you have a balanced diet, but once you know the types of foods that are good for you, it becomes second nature. In the sixth of seven lessons about energy and nutrition, learners create a healthy eating plan using resources from the USDA. Note: The lesson was created before the USDA switched from MyPyramid to MyPlate, so you will need to update some of the resources in the activity to ensure it is up to date.
Sports Nutrition and Performance
Take a look at this nutrition lesson which is specifically geared for high school competitive athletes. This is a comprehensive lesson and is worth perusing if you are serious about having your athletes understand how important food is to their performance levels. It's not just about training the body physically, because if they don't eat properly they are more than likely going to run out of energy before the end of the game. It's important for them to know how the different types of foods affects their ability to have sustained performance in their sports.
Food Product Packaging: Marketing & the Nutrition Facts Label
How can you choose healthier foods by reading the nutritional labels? Your class will discover how companies market food items to make them enticing and how to check the food labels of those items to see if they are healthy. They listen to a lecture and then work in small groups to practice finding nutritional information on the side of a cereal box. This lesson includes a resource link.
National Oatmeal Month and Nutrition
January can be a time to delve into a science lesson about nutrition through a discussion of whole grains, like oatmeal.
This instructional activity seems pretty advanced for K-2nd graders, but there are some pieces that can be used with young learners. Look through this comprehensive, fact-filled instructional activity and pull out information and activities that you can adapt to fit your grade level needs. Younger children will need help with reading and understanding the nutrition fact labels, but there is a grocery store activity that would be fun for them.
Quick Breads, Muffin Method Demo
Learners learn what quick breads are and that they belong to the Bread, Cereal, Grain Food Group on the Food Guide Pyramid which are high in Carbohydrates. They identify characteristics to look for in quick bread products, the preparation technique or methods in preparing them and the purpose of the ingredients that the recipe calls for. Students follow a quick bread recipe.
Fun Nutrition- Grains
Students identify the properties of fiber. In this nutrition lesson, students investigate types of grain and identify the food groups.
Key to Good Health #1: Nutrition
Students learn tips for healthy eating. In this nutrition lesson, students learn about the four main food groups, view a food pyramid, and get tips on how to get the most nutrition out of their meals. Students also learning about eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
Exploring Grains: For the Love of Fuel and Fiber
Fourth graders examine the health benefits of whole grain food. In this whole grain food lesson, 4th graders determine how consuming whole grain foods increases the consumption of fiber, and what health benefits are associated with this. They increase their own consumption of whole grains.
Nutrition & You
Complete a unit on diet and nutrition with young learners. They will explore various websites, create a food pyramid, categorize foods into food groups, list the benefits of various types of foods, evaluate a fast food meal, and identify a myth about candy. Many extensions ideas are provided.
The Whole Trut about Whole Grain Breads
Students comprehend the nutrition benefits whole grain breads. They explore how to overcome the common barriers to eating whole grain bread. Students investigate how to choose and store whole grain breads. They comprehend the protective effects of whole grain bread against heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Simple Keys and Nutrition
An inventive and engaging lesson plan on nutrition, food groups, and the food pyramid is here for you. In it, young dieticians learn about the basics of nutrition. They use the book, Frog and Toad are Friends, to help them foster discussion about healthy eating, and utilize a nifty worksheet embedded in the plan that helps them understand what food group certain foods belong in.