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Fifth graders research the health of West Virginians. In this West Virginian health lesson, 5th graders participate in exercise and update their activity logs. Students research the health status of West Virginians using the Internet and make connections between the physical activity, nutrition, and health. Students write an essay for the research and complete a related worksheet. Students record their nutrition intake and develop a nutrition plan.
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
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.
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.
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. Students also find the percentage of fat from calories.
Learners 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. Learners utilize illustrations to fill in a fictional plate with a balanced meal and share their ideas with the class.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Everyone needs to know how to eat well to stay healthy. Learners with mild disabilities log what they eat, discuss food choices, and review healthy foods. The lesson could be used to foster living skills in high-functioning individuals or to introduce younger learners to basic nutrition.
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.
Fifth graders discover how to make healthy choices in nutrition. In this nutrition instructional activity, 5th graders research the daily nutrition requirements recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Students keep a food diary for three days and learn how to make healthy choices in creating a balanced diet.
Examine food choices and the nutritional properties of food groups with this visually appealing whole-class lesson plan. This will take a bit of preparation, but once you do it, you can use the materials for years. Using a food groups poster and a blank "my plate" poster (pictured, but not included), learners observe healthy proportions and food group ratios. You place cut-out images of food on the large plate poster, then allow students to draw food and a drink on their own "plate."