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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?
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.
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 study Nutrition Facts labels. In this life science lesson plan, 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 plan also includes an educational game, excellent practice worksheet, and take home family activity.
Third graders practice finding the nutrition facts for foods. In 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.
Students read the Nutrition Fact labels to make healthy choices. In this health instructional activity, 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.
"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.
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 lesson can be used to help young learners get a healthier start.
Everybody needs to know how to make healthy choices when it comes to food. Understanding food labels is the first step. Using empty food packaging, you'll discuss what food labels are, what information can be found on them, and how to use them to make healthy choices. Learners will then compare two food labels to see which one would make the best snack.
Heap on a hefty helping of thinking in a lesson dedicated to serving size. The first activity involves discussing calories. The teacher demonstrates a variety of concepts, such as how to measure out a serving size using measuring cups. After each demonstration, pupils pick an object that is about the same size as the serving. Then, they fill in a chart for serving sizes. Finally, students write in their food journal about steps to good health.
Young scholars practice eating healthy by investigating food labels. In this dietary lesson, students discover the ingredients used in their everyday food by reading the nutrition labels on the products. Young scholars work in small groups to create poster presentations based on a single food group.
Students identify the nutrients for which milk is a good or excellent source and learn how these nutrients work together to keep them healthy. They extend their understanding of dairy nutrients and bone health by conducting a student survey and/or keeping a three-day food log of foods and beverages consumed at school.
Facilitate healthy eating habits with this collection of activities. This instructional activity, made for 4-H originally, covers nutrition, health, and fitness. Middle schoolers focus on the life skill of making healthy lifestyle choices. They examine and work on understanding food and nutrition labels by analyzing labels of potatoes prepared in various ways. In addition, learners research a job that uses nutrition skills.