Nutrition Teacher Resources
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New! Healthy Snacks
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.
Consuming Healthy Snacks
Get your class into great shape by introducing them to the benefits of eating healthy snacks and engaing in regular exercise. This set of activities comes with all the worksheets and handouts needed to complete several weeks of nutrition training. Kids learn about the food pyramid, discuss healthy food, participate is exercise, and set personal fitness goals.
Fast Food and Daily Nutrition Choices
Students research healthy eating habits. In this nutrition instructional 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.
Ratios, Rates, Percent and Nutrition
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.
Mission Nutrition: Using Food Labels
Learners practice eating healthy by investigating food labels. For this dietary lesson, students discover the ingredients used in their everyday food by reading the nutrition labels on the products. Learners work in small groups to create poster presentations based on a single food group.
Students 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.
Digestion & Nutrition: a Case Study
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.
Nutrition with a Smile
Second graders play a game about personal health behaviors related to nutrition.
Nutrition an Food: Taking Control of What You Eat
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.
Nutrition: A Thematic Unit
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.
Nutritional value unit integrated with Microsoft Works
Students generate a database of nutritional value information. In this Microsoft Works lesson plan, students construct a database comparing the nutritional value of foods. Students use Microsoft Works to create spreadsheets and analyze graphs.
NUTRITION STATION CIRCUIT
Students learn various fitness concepts along with various basketball skills. Ten stations incorporate nutrition and basketball skills while
Nutrition -- A Lesson for Life - Biology Teaching Thesis
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 Care and Feeding of Kids: Finding Information on Nutrition and Fitness
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.
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First graders explore the nutrition recommendations using selected Internet sources to examine the food pyramid for children. They discuss the attributes of the food groups as well as physical activity. The culminating activities for the activity include playing "My Pyramid Go Fish" and using clocks to identify meal and play times.
Matching Meals Nutrition
Learners play a matching game to practice pairing foods with their food groups. In this health and nutrition lesson, the class discusses food choices, then students play an on-line memory game.
Good Food, Good Health
Students investigate how food provides energy for the human body. In this physical health instructional activity, students access online resources to identify how certain foods can affect their health. Students discuss how many servings of each food group they should eat in one day. Students visit the Nutrition's Cafe online game to continue their investigation on how food affects the human body.