Obesity 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 the lesson plan to introduce obesity and body mass index (BMI). Students will read two text lessons, summarize and discuss key points of information, and calculate their own BMI in a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define obesity and morbid obesity and identify their characteristics
  • calculate body mass index

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.5

Analyze in detail how an author's ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).

Instructions

NOTE: This lesson plan integrates two text lessons into the overarching lesson on obesity. Depending on what you are teaching, you may choose to omit either of the text lessons, as there is a fair bit of overlap in information.

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