Your Energy Needs (BMR)

This Your Energy Needs (BMR) lesson plan also includes:

How many Calories one needs on a daily basis is dependent on a number of factors including gender, height, and activity level. In the third of seven lessons about energy and food, young nutritionists calculate the number of Calories necessary for different sizes and typical exertion levels. In addition to the science involved, there are some great math skills practiced here, too, from converting between metric and standard, to addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Great chance to practice math basics while learning new science concepts
  • Discussion questions at the beginning of the lesson help set the stage for the purpose of the activity
  • Background information for teacher is thorough, yet quick to read
Cons

  • The last step in the procedure has kids calculating their own BMRs and suggested caloric intake; be aware that many kids are sensitive about weight, so you may want to give a couple sample heights/weights for people to calculate
Common Core

NGSS