Body Composition Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help students explore the concept of body composition. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss various measurement techniques for determining body composition, and measure their own body composition.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define body composition and related terms
  • measure their own body composition using an accepted method

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1.A

Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2

Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

Materials

  • Calipers for taking skin fold measurements (one per student or pair)
  • Premade worksheets for taking measurements and calculating body composition (these can be found online using any standard search engine)

Key Vocabulary

  • body composition
  • essential fat
  • stored fat
  • lean mass
  • skin fold
  • calipers

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