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- Manchester, NH
Nutrition Teacher Resources
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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.
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.
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. Students 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!
This lesson is intended as preparation for a school health fair but could be used anytime. Learners discuss and compare the nutrition found in typical snack foods. They compose investigative questions, collect data, and research a variety of snack foods. They use their findings to create an informative brochure which will be displayed at the school health fair.
Third graders investigate nutrition by researching rice. In this food instructional activity, 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.
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
How do you read a nutritional label? Help high schoolers practice reading nutritional labels on foods so they can calculate the calories in different types of foods. They will also examine the effects of fat on the body and the link to disease. In the end, they will participate in an experiment to increase their knowledge of healthy food options.
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.