Nutrition Teacher Resources
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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.
Second graders discuss hunger and the feeling of having enough to eat, completing 2 handouts on the topics. Students will brainstorm when they feel full, responding to a list of situations. It is suggested that students read "The Hungry Caterpillar," which corresponds to the lesson.
Students examine nutrition and their own eating habits. In this healthy eating lesson plan students participate in several activities that include building a food pyramid and analyzing it.
Students complete a number of activities to learn about food and nutrition. They listen to stories, make a collage, play food bingo, and examine the food pyramid as they investigate healthy eating choices.
In this nutrition worksheet, students use information about nutritional elements such as fats, proteins, carbohydrate, and vitamins to answer 4 short answer questions.
Students investigate the Food Pyramid. For this nutrition lesson, students list the food groups and identify several foods from each food group. Students complete a blank food pyramid worksheet as an assessment.
Students investigate the food pyramid. In this nutrition instructional activity, students view a handout of the food pyramid and identify the food groups. Students draw and label pictures that belong in each of the food pyramid's categories.
Young scholars participate in activities that help to educate them on oral health and nutrition. In this investigative activity students will identify foods that promote good oral health and hygiene.
Students discuss and complete activities to further their knowledge about nutrition in their diet. In this nutrition lesson plan, students discuss their diets and the amount of vegetables and fruits they are consuming daily. Students define foods that help them grow and complete a relay activity for the topic. Students discuss food preparation and then complete a taste test for smoothies. Students also discuss the origin of fruits in tropical smoothies.
Students distinguish healthy foods from junk foods. In this personal health and nutrition lesson, students make Junk Food Jack and Healthy Harry. Students use the puppets to role play discussion about healthy eating.
Learners 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.
Students discuss nutrition and compare nutritional values of a snack product claiming health benefits with a candy product.
Young scholars 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.
Discuss nutrition and identify components of a healthy diet, view a Food Guide Pyramid, and create a Personal Food Pyramid, listing all foods eaten in the past 24 hours. Compare food lists with the standard Food Guide and determine where dietary changes need to be made. Finally, read and discuss scenarios on "What Am I Missing?" cards and diagnose hypothetical cases of malnutrition.
Examine how nutrition plays an important role in our lives by conducting online research and developing lunch menus that satisfy nutritional requirements set up by the United States Department of Agriculture. Students download recipes, create ethnic variations on the food pyramid, and use Excel to convert recipes. In addition, they create a cost sheet for feeding different amounts of students.
Looking for authentic hands-on nutritional experiments? High schoolers will perform experiments to test for the presence of vitamin C in several solutions as well as the effect of caffeine on Daphnia. They will also consider the advertising used to sell food regardless of its nutritional value. This is a very well composed activity that provides extensions, vocabulary, and a lab experiment.
In this nutrition learning exercise, students fill in a graphic organizer, writing the vitamin, fat, calorie, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrate content of given foods.
Students investigate the real world applications of nutrition. They study the problem of starvation and how it affects different populations. Students work in small groups in order to devise and intervention plan. They also search out the right type of diet for a personal nutrition plan.
Students read and discuss an article on the amount of sugar in various food products. They compare the nutritional values of food products, calculate their daily intake of nutrients, analyze serving sizes, and compare/contrast their own diets to the daily recommended percentages.
Facilitate healthy eating habits with this collection of activities. This instructional activity, made for 4-H originally, covers nutrition, health, and fitness. Middle schoolers focus on the life skill of making healthy lifestyle choices. They examine and work on understanding food and nutrition labels by analyzing labels of potatoes prepared in various ways. In addition, learners research a job that uses nutrition skills.