Calories Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, this lesson explores healthy eating as it relates to caloric intake. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, track and calculate their caloric intake, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of calories
  • Identify other healthy data markers
  • Calculate caloric intake


This lesson will take 60 minutes. The optional extension will take an additional 30 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.


  • metabolic processes
  • calorie
  • nutrients
  • macronutrients
  • micronutrients
  • fats
  • proteins
  • carbohydrates
  • Estimated Energy Requirement
  • Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges


  • Prior to the lesson, assign the vocabulary and discuss each definition in class.
  • Begin the lesson by playing the video Calories: Definition, Purpose & Total Count lesson and stop at 01:50.
  • Shoulder pair students, then pose the following questions:
    • Why are calories considered negative?
    • Are calories bad for your health or necessary? Explain.
    • Discuss the correlation between energy and calories.
    • Where are calories derived?
    • Which type of nutrients provide calories?
    • What are micro and macro nutrients?
    • Does taking vitamins with a glass of water aid in caloric intake? Explain.
    • Describe the caloric intake when eating fats, proteins, and carbohydrates separately.
    • Reconvene the class and allow students to share their responses.
  • Then restart the video and pause at 03:13 and ask these questions to the class:
    • Quickly use technology to determine which agency in the federal government sets healthy weight guidelines.
    • Explain Estimated Energy Requirement (EER).
    • List at least three factors that affect EER.
    • Discuss the relationship between age and EER.
    • What are the average caloric intakes for men and women separately; why do you believe there are different requirements?
  • Restart the video, play till the end, and ask shoulder partners to answer these questions:
    • Explain Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (AMDR)
    • AMDR focus on micro or macro nutrients? Explain.
    • Explain how AMDRs are calculated.
  • Allow students to share their responses.
  • Afterward, distribute a hard copy of the lesson quiz to confirm understanding.

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