Protein in Nutrition Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Your students will learn more about proteins, how they are used in their bodies, and recommended intakes as they watch videos, design diet plans, assess their diets and take quizzes.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify sources of protein.
  • Describe how the body processes and uses protein.
  • Design a diet plan.


1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.



  • Begin your lesson by asking your students to tell you what they ate during their last meal. Write anything that contains protein on the board. Ask your students if they can tell you what the items on the board have in common. Let them know they are all sources of protein.
  • Tell your students they are going to learn more about how the body uses protein as they watch the Primary Functions of Protein in the Body video lesson.
  • Begin playing the video for your students.
  • Pause the video at 1:53, then ask and discuss:
    • What is protein?
    • What types of bonds hold amino acids together to form proteins?
    • What structures in your body are composed of protein?
  • Continue playing the video and pause it again at 4:36, then ask and discuss:
    • What are proteins that speed up reactions in the body called?
    • What are hormones?
    • How do proteins help with transporting oxygen through the body?
    • What parts of the immune system are composed of proteins?
    • What has to happen to protein in the body to use it as an energy source?
  • Play the lesson summary for your students and discuss any questions they have.
  • Next, tell your students that since they now know how important protein is to the body, they need to know the different sources of protein and how much they should consume. Let them know that they are going to find this information out as they watch the Proteins: Food Sources & Recommended Intakes video.
  • Begin playing the video and pause it at 2:43 to ask and discuss the following:
    • What are plant-based foods?
    • What are animal-based foods?
    • What animal-based foods contain protein?
    • What plant-based foods contain protein?
    • What is the concern with eating animal-based proteins?
  • Continue playing the video and pause it again at 4:26, then ask and discuss:
    • What does AMDR stand for?
    • What is the AMDR for protein?
    • What does RDA stand for?
    • What is the RDA for protein?
  • Play the rest of the video for your students and answer any questions.

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