Nutrition Facts Teacher Resources

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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.
Students study Nutrition Facts labels. In this life science lesson, students explore Nutrition Facts labels, then determine and analyze the nutrients found in a variety of foods. Additionally students construct bug boxes used to collect bugs found in gardens. This lesson also includes an educational game, excellent practice worksheet, and take home family activity.
What kinds of foods include corn? Corn syrup? Start by viewing a clip of Food Inc. with your middle or high schoolers. Then, study a list of corn-derived ingredients, encouraging your class to see how many food products contain corn. A list of discussion questions are provided to shed light on Nutrition Facts panels, the amount of corn hiding in food, and consumer knowledge (or lack of knowledge). A few adaptations and resources are also listed. 
How do young learners figure out how to balance their energy in and their energy out? The main thing to understand is calories. How many calories are in foods and beverages consumed and how many calories are burned off by physical activity? Just as different foods have different calories, different types of activities burn off different amounts of calories. It's a complicated process. Use these activities to help the class learn how to decipher information on nutrition fact labels. Then take a look at calories used by engaging in physical activities. Does everything balance out?
This lesson 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 lesson 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. 
Students read and interpret nutrition fact labels ("food labels") from food products, a task that involves the use of various mathematics skills (e.g., number concepts and number sense).
Students read the Nutrition Fact labels to make healthy choices. In this health lesson plan, students look at labels to identify fat content, protein, carbohydrates, and serving size. They play games with different labels such as Narrow It Down, Concentration and War. 
Natalie compares common food choices such as a soft drink instead of an apple, or Gatorade instead of a banana. Calorie count is juxtaposed against nutrients found in various fruits and junk food. Great visuals are provided for your nutrition or health class.
It's easy enough to put energy in, but not so easy to use it up! Look at food labels with your young learners and help them understand the concept of calories in and calories out. Food eaten means calories in and exercise means calories out. This instructional activity can be used to help young learners get a healthier start.
Show your kids that staying healthy is the smart choice! They examine nutrition, healthy snacks, and the importance of staying active in a several-part lesson plan. There are different ideas for older and younger students here, and you can pick and choose the ones that sound good for your group. Discussion prompts and resource contacts are included, as well as several fun games to help learners retain food facts. 
Third graders practice finding the nutrition facts for foods. For this sugar lesson, 3rd graders figure out the sugar content of the cereal they eat. They discuss the ingredients that mean sugar is present, complete a worksheet, and discuss why we use nutritional facts labels.
Assess your pupils' ability to identify healthy food choices in the final lesson of this series on food science. Given five different food labels, young nutritionists will rank them from most to least healthy, supporting their choices with a short explanatory paragraph. The assessment also asks for the identification of food groups, which is challenging since the food labels do not list ingredients, only nutrition facts. Consider cutting out and copying food labels with ingredient lists to help learners reach the learning objectives of the assessment.
USDA National Nutrient data is available at your fingertips! This application is a vast library of more than 8,000 nutritional labels for commonly eaten foods. Search and sort foods by a variety of categories.
Help your class make sense of nutrition labels with the ninth instructional activity of this series. After explaining the different information provided on packaged food labels, perform an activity that demonstrates the amount of sugar in a single can of soda. Extend this instructional activity by providing labels of common foods and investigating their nutritional value. Use this as an opportunity to make interdisciplinary connections between math and science by touching on percents.
Are serving sizes for different foods always appropriate for what you need? In this hands-on activity, learners work in groups to estimate what one serving size of various foods are, and then evaluate their hypotheses by measuring real foods and analyzing their package nutrition labels. The lesson plan includes a variety of excellent extension ideas, discussion questions, and additional resources!
When it comes to eating a balanced diet, portion control is paramount, but what is the difference between the serving size on the nutrition facts label and a portion as determined by the USDA? In a comprehensive look at portion control, kids will estimate and measure out serving sizes of four different foods, then measure out the stated serving size. To see the activity in action, watch the video included in the Additional Materials section. 
Students read graphs as they work with recommended daily intakes of nutrients. For this math and nutrition lesson, students examine Recommended Daily Intake Maps to establish how much of the daily requirement is met by eating on kumara. They complete a nutrient worksheet.
Sixth graders explore healthy eating habits by identifying food labels. In this food ingredient lesson, 6th graders discuss the nutritional facts that are available on almost all foods in America and which ingredients and content is important to know. Students utilize the Internet to view the food pyramid and calorie counter websites.
Students discuss nutrition and compare nutritional values of a snack product claiming health benefits with a candy product.
Students find the difference between calcium-fortified foods and foods that naturally supply calcium. They examine how to read food labels for calcium. Students study a handout of the high calcium sources and the good calcium sources.

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