Balanced Diet Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has taught high school and college biology and has a master's degree in cancer biology.

Teaching your students about balanced diets and their importance can be enjoyable using this lesson plan. Your students will read a text lesson, engage in a discussion, and learn to create their own balanced diets.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define key terms associated with a balanced diet
  • Design balanced meal plans
  • Explain the proper amounts of each food type

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

Materials

Instruction

  • Start this lesson by having your students write down the meals they ate yesterday.
  • Ask your students what a balanced meal is. Discuss their answers.
  • Now ask your students if their meals were balanced. If they are not, ask them if they know how to make their meals more balanced. Discuss their answers.
  • Pass out the lesson, What is a Balanced Diet? - Definition, Plans & Examples, and read as a class, taking notes.
  • After the 'Nutrients in Our Diet' section, ask your students:
    • What is a balanced diet?
  • After the 'What is a Balanced Diet?' section, ask your students:
    • What is a calorie?
    • What is homeostasis?
    • How many calories should be consumed each day?
  • After the 'Carbohydrates - Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains' section, ask these questions:
    • What percentage of a meal should come from carbohydrates?
    • What are some examples of good carbohydrates?
    • What percentage should fruits and vegetables make up in a balanced meal?
  • After the 'Protein' section, ask these questions:
    • What percentage of your meal should come from protein?
    • What are some plant-based proteins?
  • After reading the section on 'Fat', ask these questions:
    • Why does your body need fat?
    • Which type of fats are better for you?
    • What percentage of calories should come from fat?
  • After the 'Omnivore Diet' section, ask:
    • Does Kari have a balanced diet?
    • What unhealthy food did Kari eat?
    • What food balanced out the unhealthy food?
  • After the 'Vegan Diet' section, ask:
    • Did Harleen eat a balanced diet?
    • What was the source for all of Harleen's food?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' and emphasize the definitions your students should have written down.

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