Nutrition is vital to adolescent health and development. During adolescence, young people are introduced to more choice in their diets, sometimes resulting in poor food choices and irregular eating habits. As teachers, we must guide students to make good food choices despite the temptation for unhealthy foods. Adolescents need to understand how unhealthy choices could pose a danger to their health. On the other hand, we need to be careful to avoid creating a society plagued with adolescent malnutrition through restrictive dieting.
This unit will demonstrate how to enjoy all our favorite foods, by eating them in moderate amounts and by choosing the right balance of foods to achieve the right combination of nutrients.
1) How can we enjoy food, eat moderately, and balance our nutrition at the same time?
2) How can we ensure that everybody has access to a healthy diet?
3) How does a diet affect you physically, mentally and emotionally?
4) How can we use mathematics to understand food labels and ensure vital nutrient intake?
Overview of student Activities
Math, Science & Spanish
Day 5 - Senior Dining Center Service Learning & Technology Assignment
Day 1 - Cooperative Learning "Numbered Heads - Assessing Caloric Values
Day 2 & 3 - Group Posters - Comparing Labels ("Lite" vs Reduced Fat vs Orignial)
Day 4 - Calculating BMI & Charting Data
Day 1 - Food Journal Intro & Researching Macromolecules
Day 2 - How vitamins effect different parts of the body
Day 3 - Cystic Fibrosis Video & Analysis
Day 4 - Choice Assignment - How does excess in diet affect your body?
Day 1 - Social Justice & Equity - Develop action plan to confront stereotypes about food in different cultures
Day 2 - Creating ingredient lists for favorite recipes
Day 3 - Art Consumption - Presenting Poems or Songs
Day 4 - Art Production - Students create their own poem or song celebrating a healthy food or dish.
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