Planning Healthy Meals Teacher Resources
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Meal Planning and Nutrition
In a home environment, learners with special needs practice creating nutritious meal plans. They talk about healthy food choices, then use the food pyramid as a guide to planning three balanced meals. They use a food group check sheet to help them know they have chosen from each of the four food groups for each meal they plan.
9th - Higher Ed Health
Comparing unit prices of food products is a skill that learners will use for the rest of their lives. Here is a simple plan that provides practice calculating the unit price for various grocery store products. Use two jars with differing amounts of small blocks to demonstrate how the cost per unit differs.
5th - 8th Health
Home Cooking: Creating Healthy Meal Plans
Learners create healthy meal plans. In this nutrition lesson plan, students discuss the Food Pyramid and use this knowledge to analyze cookbook recipes and fast food meals. Then, learners work cooperatively to create healthy meal plans for five days, including three home-cooked meals per day.
9th - 12th Health
Final Project: Food and Nutrition Class
High schoolers plan appropriate diets for themselves and others using the USDA Dietary Guidelines. They indicate their average cost of food at home on a thrifty plan and prepare a one-week menu plan including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack.
9th - 12th Health
Eating Right with a Little Help from the VT
Students determine food groups and design a balanced menu plan. In this food pyramid lesson, students use the VisualThesaurus to write a definition of each food group and find foods in each group, then use this information to plan create a balanced diet plan for one day.
3rd - 8th Health
Fast Food Junkie
Students research calories and nutrients found in fast food to plan meals. In this nutrition lesson, students use the Internet to plan three meals and a snack from fast food menus. They must keep their food selections under a 2,000 calorie limit and are encouraged to follow dietary guidelines.
7th - 12th Science
"Using Manipulatives and/or Technology to Solve Math Problems" by Cooking a Dinner
Students multiply fractions. For this fraction lesson students create conversions in recipes by multiplying fractions. Students read labels of ingredients and make adjustments to recipes according to how many servings they need to make.
5th - 6th Math
Go BBYC: Buying the Best for Your Consumption
Students explore guidelines for buying food. In this science instructional activity, students read labels, trademarks, and print advertisements. Students discuss their duties as consumers as well as the conservation of food. Students serve and evaluate a prepared breakfast menu.
5th - Higher Ed Science
Meal Plan for an Older Person with Diabetes
Young scholars plan a healthy meal for elderly diabetics. In this nutrition lesson, students practice planning a healthy meal by creating a meal plan for an elderly diabetic patient. They learn the importance of controlling diabetes through diet.
7th - 11th Health
Students investigate a meal plan with the use of technology. They use the internet to conduct research from a number of different recipe sources. The goal of the lesson is to become proficient in the technology of using Microsoft Word to create an edited paper with proper formatting.
9th - 12th Science
Getting To Know the Healthy Food Pyramid
Students examine a healthy way of eating while following a vegetarian diet. They study the components suggested by the American Dietetic Association that comprise a healthy diet, prepare appetizing foods from these groups, and inspect the quantity of food comprising one serving of each of the food groups.
11th - 12th 21st Century Skills
Planning: To Get Enough Money for Food
Young scholars investigate methods that families use for planning meals and budgeting for them. In this nutrition instructional activity, students complete activities that require them to determine how much it costs to feed children at different ages.
4th - 7th Social Studies & History