Nutrition Unit Plan for High School

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been part of the whirlwind world of teaching middle school for 20 years. She has a Master of Education degree in instructional design.

Exploring nutrition with your students can be an engaging journey from what makes up a healthy diet to how nutrients affect their body. In this unit plan, students will engage in lessons, activities, and projects that promote good nutrition.


The study of nutrition in your high school classroom does not have to simply include a run-down of good eating habits. This unit plan covers detailed information about nutrients, the components of a balanced diet, and the effect of nutrition on heart and bone health. Structuring your unit to include a wide array of lessons, activities, and projects can help you guide students through initial learning and knowledge application. You may also want to extend their learning to include malnutrition and how it affects the world or how the nutritional needs of an athlete differ from the average person.

Nutrition Overview

Before launching into the topic in detail, consider spurring student thinking and conversation by providing prompts from the ''Diet and Body'' section of these Essential Questions for Health. They can discuss their responses with partners, teams, or the whole class. Activating their knowledge in this manner can lead them into the remainder of the unit. If you want a baseline assessment, students can write their answers to one or more of the questions.

Next, provide an overview of the topic using this Nutrition Lesson Plan, which will help you teach students the essential vocabulary and concepts related to nutrition.


Explore macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as how they affect health, using this Nutrients Lesson Plan. For additional support, incorporate this Micronutrients Lesson Plan which explains the topic of micronutrients more thoroughly. Understanding the science behind nutrition is important before asking students to apply their knowledge to their nutritional habits.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account