Nutrition Teacher Resources
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Students examine a fruit-related Q & A Science Times article. They write their own food science questions and answer them in the same format as the article. For homework, they analyze their fruit consumption according to U.S. nutrition guidelines.
Basic Vitamins: Water-Soluble and Fat-Soluble
An incredibly thorough lesson on vitamins, and how to keep one's body at peak health. Learners access a variety of excellent worksheets embedded in the plan that have them consider raw vs. cooked foods, a vegetable nutrition summary, exposing dietary myths, and more. An excellent plan!
What Am I Missing?
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.
The "Heart" of the Problem
Students create an exercise and nutrition program. In this interdisciplinary activity, students use calculations of exercises plus their corresponding effects on the body and nutritional values of food to derive a health plan. Students work cooperatively with group members.
Lunch Food? Mmmm! Mmmm! Good!
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.
Making Healthy Food Choices
For this well-designed nutritional activity, students are given the opportunity to create their own daily food record, compare their nutrient with minimimun requirements, and think critically about their own food choices. Materials and excellent web resou
Making Molecular Models
In these creative hands-on activities, students construct several different molecular models that represent substances that play an essential role in our nutritional needs. Using gum drops and toothpicks, students design the models. Excellent web resour
Students investigate healthy eating habits by studying the food pyramid. For this personal health lesson, students write a recipe for a healthy meal including one item from each section of the four food groups. Students utilize images of the food groups to place on a place mat which they display in their class.
Nutrition and the Media: Cereal Box Consumerism
How many treats do you buy each week? Learners investigate diets and how the media tricks consumers into purchasing unhealthy snacks. They will investigate the designs and logos affiliated with cereal boxes and identify specific phrases that help sell products. Then they create their own cereal box design using an Internet program.
Adolescent Nutrition Scenario Worksheet
Not everyone has the exact same health needs- but what are the influencial factors? This activity breaks down nutritional requirements (RDA) through 4 different scenarios depicting different adolescents. Learners answer questions about nutritional needs based on activity, gender, tastes, and age. Question 1 in Scenario 2 has a misspelling. Consider jigsawing the four scenarios with four groups, and conducting an act-it-out with an interview of the character!
My Favorite Breakfast Foods
Young scholars evaluate the nutritional content of their favorite breakfast foods using the food pyramid to create a graph of the grains, fruits, vegetables, milk products, meats, and beans contained in the breakfast. They then design a breakfast that contains the proper amounts from the five food groups.
Snack Smart Move More
Show your kids that staying healthy is the smart choice! They examine nutrition, healthy snacks, and the importance of staying active in a several-part lesson plan. There are different ideas for older and younger students here, and you can pick and choose the ones that sound good for your group. Discussion prompts and resource contacts are included, as well as several fun games to help learners retain food facts.
Meet the Royal Food Family
Second graders use mini-books, posters, songs, trading cards and sorting activities to explore the five food groups needed for health: vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and meat. They discuss why good nutrition is important.
Students explore energy. In this health and nutrition lesson, students brainstorm a list of healthy foods that provide energy, and identify physical activities that burn energy. Students complete a good nutrition worksheet.
Breakfast Builds Brains
Students identify why breakfast is an important meal. In this nutrition lesson plan, students read the book Jane Skips Breakfast and identify reasons why breakfast is important. Students list breakfast foods and categorize them into food groups.
Around the World with Food
Students explore different foods. In this nutrition instructional activity, students differentiate food items from non-food items, learn about the food groups, and discover traditional foods in other cultures.
Moooving Over for Low-Fat Milk
Young scholars identify the health benefits of drinking milk. In this nutrition lesson, students bring in caps from their milk containers at home and identify the types of milk, such as low-fat, whole, or skim milk. Young scholars create a bar chart for the different types of milk and research how calcium impact the human body.
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.
Home Cooking: Creating Healthy Meal Plans
Students create healthy meal plans. For this nutrition lesson plan, students discuss the Food Pyramid and use this knowledge to analyze cookbook recipes and fast food meals. Then, students work cooperatively to create healthy meal plans for five days, including three home-cooked meals per day. Students determine the nutritional content of their meal plans.
Growing Minds: My Plate
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."