Malnutrition 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 introduce students to malnutrition. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss various forms of malnutrition, and explore these forms of malnutrition further through a collaborative research project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define malnutrition.
  • understand the factors that lead to malnutrition and the consequences.


1.5 - 2 hours - over the course of 2 class sessions

Curriculum Standards


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.


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.


  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Access to internet


  • Begin the lesson by asking students to write down everything they ate so far today. This may take a bit of prodding; encourage them to help each other remember. Be sure to remind them that snacks count! Looking at their list, ask them if they think they have eaten a healthy diet so far today. What does a healthy diet look like?
  • Start the video lesson Malnutrition: Causes of Over-nutrition and Under-nutrition & Most Affected Regions. Pause the video at 1:20 to discuss the following questions as a class:
    • What is malnutrition?
    • How many nutrients are essential for the human body?
    • What is the best way to ensure that you have all these nutrients?
  • Resume the video. Pause it again at 2:54 to discuss the following:
    • What is under-nutrition?
    • Which deficiencies are most common? What do these deficiencies cause?
  • Resume the video. Pause it again at 4:16. Discuss the following:
    • What regions and countries experience the highest rates of under-nutrition?
    • What leads a region or country to experience this hardship?
    • How can this hardship be prevented?
  • Resume and finish the video. Discuss:
    • What is over-nutrition?
    • Where is over-nutrition most prevalent? Why do you think this is the case?
    • What can you do to avoid over-nutrition? Why is this important?
  • Have students complete the associated quiz to test understanding.

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