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As Natalie describes in this video, nutrition is about more than just having a healthy diet. Your body's absorption, digestion, and elimination is key in your overall health. The function of enzymes is clearly explained along with the importance of these little aids.
Does a ban on vending machines infringe on student rights, or do school officials have an obligation to monitor foods sold on school grounds? Your class members will explore the educational, health, and financial issues related to vending machines on school campuses. Informational texts include facts on nutrition and obesity, how vending contracts and fundraising work, and the rising tide of vending machine bans in schools nationwide. Learners will conclude by writing persuasive essays stating their opinions on the issue.
Present propaganda to your class with the posters and pamphlet provided here. Learners start out by creating their own advertisements and discuss as a class how they might add propaganda into their work. Next, small groups analyze posters about child nutrition and fill out an analysis worksheet. Conduct a class discussion on the pamphlet and then send your pupils off to complete one of the final assessment options detailed here. Class members can create their own posters or pamphlets!
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.
Examine food labels to determine percentage of fat and sugar to total calories with middle schoolers. Daily nutritional guidelines are discussed and learners will decide how well their foods fit into a healthy diet. In the provided worksheet, they will use nutrition information to convert to and from fractions, decimals, and percents.
Middle schoolers research healthy eating habits. In this nutrition lesson, students examine healthy eating habits while dining at restaurants. Working in small groups, middle schoolers research multiple reasons for poor eating habits and create a "perfect" school lunch.
Learners act as decision makers and research and determine the nutritional needs of young children, teenagers, and adults. They compile their findings in a nutrition portfolio. Class groups assume the role of hospital dietician and plan meals for their patient based upon research and the information given to them about the patient.
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.
Students explore digestion/nutrition and utilize scientific investigation skills. They complete meal logs for several days and graph their results. After analyzing their data, they write formal lab reports.
Students examine what they eat and how they can improve their health by changing what they eat. They research nutrition and different foods. They also examine new vocabulary words.
Young learners explore nutrition and the food groups in these two mini-lesson plan ideas. First, kindergarteners have a discussion about their health and how different foods contribute to it before making their own personal food pyramid. Then for homework, they bring in food labels and use them to make a 'plate' of healthy foods in correct proportions. This resource also includes some ideas for cross-curricular activities such as poems, songs and science experiments that deal with nutrition.
Students complete work at six stations as they investigate children's nutritional needs, kitchen safety, and snacks. First, they listen to Dr. Seuss', "Green Eggs and Ham" before discussing nutrition and the station activities. At each station they complete activities concerning food groups, the food pyramid, and healthy meals. As an assessment, they hand in folders that contain complete work from the stations.
Learners generate a database of nutritional value information. In this Microsoft Works lesson, students construct a database comparing the nutritional value of foods. Learners use Microsoft Works to create spreadsheets and analyze graphs.
Young scholars learn various fitness concepts along with various basketball skills. Ten stations incorporate nutrition and basketball skills while
Students review what the nutritional food pyramid looks like and what it represents. In this nutrition lesson, students record the nutritional information from their favorite food at a restaurant. With the nutritional facts that they recorded, students create a graph.
Young scholars briefly explain the importance of nutrition in their everyday lives, and they tell you about how many calories they should consume in a day. They list readily available and affordable healthy foods that they LIKE to eat. Students explain why the above listed foods are healthy and list foods that they like, but explain why they should be the exception and not the rule in their diets.
A salad of nutrition-themed videos can be enjoyed by your health class as a wrap-up to the nutrition unit. Groups select a topic and create a two-three minute skit or commercial to be filmed and shared. If you assign each group a specific topic, this project could be a fantastic way to review the unit's material.
Is it really better to use honey than sugar? Do men wash their hands any more often than women do? Become a health myth-buster with this hearty app! Choose a category to study and read up on it. Take a quiz in which you decide if displayed health statements are myth or fact.
Take a look down a grocery aisle and you will see nutrition labels on every can and box of food. Do you know how to read the labels? This video shows you briefly what a nutrition label looks like and a few of the elements listed on each label. This is an introductory look at nutrition labels for a health or nutrition class.
Students use the internet to gather information about healthy eating habits. They create a drawing of the food pyramid and their own five-day menu using all of the food groups. They compare and contrast the nutritional information of fast food meals as well.