Whole Grains Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are whole grains and why should we include them as a part of a healthy diet? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the benefits of whole grains. An activity helps students become aware of the nutritional benefits of whole grain foods.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'whole grain'
  • identify the parts of whole grains
  • list examples of whole-grain foods

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Materials

  • A cup of dried oats
  • A cup of popcorn
  • A cup of white rice
  • Paper copies of the text lesson What Are Whole Grains? - Types, Sources & Examples
  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • Empty food packaging of processed and whole-grain food items similar (e.g. processed vs. whole-grain bread, crackers, cereal, etc.)
  • Multipurpose paper
  • Colored pencils

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