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.

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.

Nutrients

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.

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