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Students examine the nutritional needs of children, kitchen safety, and important aspects of snacks. They demonstrate their understanding of these concepts through the hands-on activities and the preparation of a nutritional snack under the direction of the teacher.
Development of a Nutritional Snack
Students develop a new line of nutritional snacks. They work in teams to submit a proposal for a snack that not only tastes good, but is nutritional as well. Their end-product consists of four parts: background information, developing the snack, packaging and labeling, and market research
Foods and Nutrition
Students study nutrition, healthy choices for food, and ways to prepare food. They review the Food Guide Pyramid and play Nutriend Tic Tac Know to select healthy foods. As a group they make pretzels, Mystery Muffins, soda, and play the Name Game to identify foods beginning with the same letter as their name.
Food and Nutrition
Third graders discuss the benefits for maintaining good nutrition and a well balanced diet. They categorize foods into the correct food group, decide if a meal is balanced, and create a full day menu which demonstrates what they have learned.
Nutrition and Fitness
Sixth graders investigate the food guide pyramid. They conduct Internet research, and plan a three day nutritional menu appropriate for teenagers. Students include three meals per day and a snack for each day on their menu, and describe how the menu relates to fitness and health.
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Nutrition: How Much Fat Am I Eating?
How much fat is in this? Scholars first read some background information on the caloric content of fats versus carbohydrates, and then use that knowledge to analyze foods they regularly eat. They will look at 5 package labels for the nutritional information and complete how much fat is in each serving. Then they find the total number of calories from fat per serving and multiply that number by 9 calories. Learners also find the percentage of fat from calories.
Third graders investigate nutrition by researching rice. In this food lesson, 3rd graders read about the healthy aspects of rice and how many people in the world eat it. Students read nutrition labels and discuss the different energy they have when eating different types of foods.
Balance of Nutrition
Students explore nutrition by completing a group activity. In this balanced meal lesson, students identify the five food groups and discuss their favorite foods from each group. Students utilize illustrations to fill in a fictional plate with a balanced meal and share their ideas with the class.
Food and Nutrition Quiz
Can your budding nutritionists categorize the foods they eat? Have them try using this interactive nutrition worksheet, where students answer 10 multiple choice questions based on their knowledge of the food groups and the nutritional value of certain foods. Since answers can be revealed easily for each answer (without finishing the quiz), consider using the questions for your own print-out version.
Depression Nutrition Plan
Students plan meals for a day based on their own caloric needs, make a shopping list, and "shop" on line. In this Great Depression nutrition plan lesson, students calculate their caloric needs and plan meals before "shopping" for their list online to calculate their weekly expenditure for food. Students then calculate the cost of those groceries during the Great Depression and then discuss items they could eliminate from their food list and the potential harm of doing so
Students design a meal plan with healthy foods based on the food guide pyramid. In this nutrition lesson plan, students identify healthy and unhealthy choices, watch a PowerPoint, and complete a group activity based on the food pyramid.
Evaluating Information on Food Labels
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.
Fit With Fiber
Sixth graders investigate the nutritional value of different types of cereal. They take a survey of students that ate breakfast and create a circle graph with the results. Students examine the nutritional information on the sides of the boxes of cereal and discuss the meanings.
Energy Balance in Your Life
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?
Getting Help: Food Stamps and Nutrition Programs
Here is another lesson regarding the law. This time, the laws that dictate eligibility for food stamps is the focus. After an initial discussion about the basics of the laws, learners do a case study of a family who is applying for food stamps. Groups of pupils work together to determine if this family is, indeed, eligible. A good, real-life lesson for high schoolers to engage in.
"Filler-Up" with Premium Fuel
Students investigate nutrition guidelines and recommendations to present what the information to their class. Based on their assessment of current habits, they determine which areas they would like to improve to reach goals for good nutrition. Using goal-setting strategies based on the Stages of Change Model, they design personal nutrition plans, follow them, and self-monitor their progress.
Sugar-Coating the Facts
Students explore the food industry's influence on American Student nutritional habits and analyze the nutrition charts found on food packaging. They design their own warning labels for foods targeted at Students.
Eating Over the Rainbow
Students examine their own diets, and then redesign the USDA's Food Pyramid to reflect nutrition experts' latest advice. They read and discuss The Color of Nutrition: Fruits and Vegetables, which is an article imbedded in this plan.
Good For You?
Students discuss nutrition and compare nutritional values of a snack product claiming health benefits with a candy product.