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Students research healthy eating habits. In this nutrition activity, students examine healthy eating habits while dining at restaurants. Working in small groups, students research multiple reasons for poor eating habits and create a "perfect" school lunch.
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.
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.
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.
Second graders play a game about personal health behaviors related to nutrition.
Learners 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.
Students generate a database of nutritional value information. In this Microsoft Works lesson, students construct a database comparing the nutritional value of foods. Students use Microsoft Works to create spreadsheets and analyze graphs.
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.
Students learn various fitness concepts along with various basketball skills. Ten stations incorporate nutrition and basketball skills while
Students 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.
The Learning Network is featuring an article about First Lady Michelle Obama and her quest to help reduce childhood obesity in America. The article talks about how she has talked with the top three suppliers of school lunches and has gotten them to agree to reduce the amounts of fats, sugars, and salt over the next five years. She has been working with an array of partners to promote healthy eating and more activity among children. Included in this lesson are many links to related articles as well as notes to the teacher suggesting warm-ups and questions to pose to the 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.
Seventh graders investigate the concept of a nutritional label used on bread products. They read different labels in order to strengthen reading skills and interpreting nutritional information. The information is used in order to create their own nutritional labels.
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.
Students explore the nutritional needs within a particular disease or health condition. They create a a written report, a food product and a sample menu for one week based on nutritional needs. Students create a food package or display for the food product.
Pupils explore, examine and study nutrition and then interpret nutrition data. They critique nutritional data of meals and provide reasoning for substitutions. Each student interacts with the NASCO Double Food Card Set and utilize reliable resources to create a poster for educating others on nutrition concepts.
Young scholars research and define nutrition. They choose a definition of nutrition or a nutritional theme around which they design a restaurant. This activity helps students answer the question "What is a nutritionally balanced meal?"
Students figure out the nutritional values of foods to explain the nature of a healthy diet by looking at fast food nutrition pamphlets and calculating the values of foods then comparing them to the food pyramid.