Nutritional Balance Teacher Resources
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Learners evaluate the nutritional value of the explorers' meals. This is done through analyzing caloric intake versus caloric expenditure, describing the trend in diet change that explorers experienced over a two year expedition, recognizing the pattern of slow starvation of explorers, and analyzing the nutritional balance of the student's own diet.
Students find a linear model to fit a set of data. In this finding a linear model to fit a set of data instructional activity, students graph obesity data of Americans. Students find a regression line of the data. Students make predictions of expected results in the future based on their linear model.
Students research and define nutrition. They choose a definition of nutrition or a nutritional theme around which they design a restaurant. This activity helps students answer the question "What is a nutritionally balanced meal?"
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."
An interesting way to learn about dietary requirements, this resource prompts learners to look at what someone in the U.S. eats and compare it to what someone in South America eats. They discuss the social, religious, psychological, emotional and cultural elements that guide decisions on what we eat. There are several class activities to make this lesson interactive for the class.
"Energy Plus!" from Together Counts is three days worth of lessons, discussions, and activities about nutrition. The materials help you teach youngsters about eating healthy and burning calories. Energy in and energy out. Included are information on nutrition labels and food groups, links to fact sheets, a worksheet, and the website for dietary guidelines. A project incorporates what they have learned into creating either a commercial or a printed ad for a food product.
It's important to teach kids how to have a balanced diet. They are provided with six different meals, they fill in the blanks to complete each one to make it balanced. The answers could be anything and the meals offered don't seem very healthy.
Shopping carts are a modern convenience that many people take for granted. Make sure your pupils do not fall into that category by completing the activities in this plan. There are ideas included for language arts, social studies, math, and physical movement. A story and worksheet are provided. Depending on your access to and interest in grocery carts, the lesson could have varying usefulness.
Middle schoolers consider the USDA daily recommendations to create a "feed" product for middle schoolers. In this Health lesson, students learn about the ingredients in feed that is fed to livestock and apply the method to creating feed rations for middle school middle schoolers.
Students determine the amount of vitamin C present in 3 samples of juice stored in various light conditions. In this vitamin lesson plan, students investigate the amount of vitamin C present in juice exposed to different quantities of light. Students complete a titration using iodine and a known amount of vitamin C to find a conversion factor used to determine the unknown concentrations of vitamin C. Students answer 3 questions and conclude how to preserve the most vitamin C in juice.
Middle schoolers practice using the map and compass to find a location. In this geography lesson series, students identify basic requirements needed when traveling in the wilderness. They plan a healthy menu for a backpacking trip.
Examine the three basic nutrients and their effects on the body. Fifth graders will research data to construct a bar graph and then demonstrate the relationship between malnutrition and food security. This is a very comprehensive resource with handouts and step-by-step instructions.
Students use the USDA food guide pyramid to choose items for a balanced diet. In this food pyramid lesson, students play a game naming the items and their foo groups. Students participate in cross curricular activities to become familiar with the information in the food pyramid.
Students examine the different categories of the food pyramid. They discuss meals they have eaten, glue magazine pictures of food onto a paper plate to represent a balanced meal, and plan a menu for a day.
Students create a menu following food pyramid guidelines. In this nutrition lesson, students plan a menu by finding magazine pictures from each food pyramid group. Next, students create a menu for an entire day.
Students examine their school lunches for nutritional value. For this school lunch lesson, students break down what they eat in school to find portion size, carbohydrate, fiber and fat content. Students complete a worksheet.
Students make connections between their daily lives and the usage of natural resources as they relate to the importance of environmental quality. In this ecology lesson, students listen to the story The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and then discuss the impact of human actions on natural environments. Students explore how pollution affects wildlife and how water supply is connected to urban areas.
Third graders identify descriptive questions as a method for distinguishing objects and for identifying labels for objects and categorizing objects. They participate in a student grouping activity, then using pictures of different types of food sort and organize the pictures into categories.
Young scholars examine the importance of the nutritional value of explorers' meals. They investigate the concepts of caloric intake vs. caloric expenditure and examine their own nutrition.
An inventive and engaging instructional activity on nutrition, food groups, and the food pyramid is here for you. In it, young dieticians learn about the basics of nutrition. They use the book, Frog and Toad are Friends, to help them foster discussion about healthy eating, and utilize a nifty worksheet embedded in the plan that helps them understand what food group certain foods belong in.