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Fiber 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 plan explores the health benefits of fiber. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define dietary fiber
  • identify three types of fiber
  • discuss the benefits of each type of fiber

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1.a

Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.6

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Materials

Prior to Lesson

  • Prior to this lesson, ask students to track their fiber intake over a weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tell them they can use an online or smartphone app food tracker.

Instructions

  • Begin this lesson by asking students to identify the grams of fiber they consumed over the weekend.
  • Then tell them that this lesson explores fiber in detail.
  • Distribute the How Fiber is Digested by the Body lesson, start the video, pause at 1:38, then start the following discussion:
    • Define dietary fiber.
    • Identify the three types of fiber.
    • Which foods contain the different types of fiber?
  • Now restart the video, pause at 2:38, then pose the following:
    • Define prebiotic and identify which type of fiber is considered a prebiotic.
    • What is the difference between prebiotic and probiotic.
    • Discuss how the small and large intestine plays a part in the processes above.
  • Next play the remainder of the lesson, then ask these discussion points:
    • What is the main function of fiber?
    • Identify benefits of consuming soluble fiber.
    • What are the advantages of insoluble fiber?
  • Now show the lesson quiz and asks students to write down the answer, then review.

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