Ch 1: Introduction to Nutrition Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Nutrition chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach nutrients and nutritional assessment in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Nutrition chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Classes of nutrientsFunctions of the six classes of nutrients, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and organic vs. inorganic nutrients
TuesdayScientific study in the nutrition fieldExperimental design and the scientific method
WednesdayDietary reference intakesEAR, RDA, AI, UL, diet planning, MyPlate food groupings
ThursdayNutrition and health assessmentABCDEs of nutritional assessment, malnutrition and the link between nutrition, diet and health
FridayNutritional facts and informationReliable nutrition information sources, nutrition trends, food supplements and fighting disease with proper nutrition

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Nutrition Lesson Plans
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Assessing Your Nutrition, Diet & Health: How to Avoid Disease

1. Assessing Your Nutrition, Diet & Health: How to Avoid Disease

A nutritional assessment is used to determine the nutritional status of a person or group of people. Learn about the ABCDs of nutritional assessment: anthropometric assessment, biochemical assessment, clinical assessment and dietary assessment.

Dietary Reference Intakes: EAR, RDA, AI & UL

2. Dietary Reference Intakes: EAR, RDA, AI & UL

Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are a set of values used to plan a healthy diet. Learn about the DRI values: Estimated Average Requirements (EARs), Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs), Adequate Intakes (AIs) and Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (ULs).

Energy-Yielding Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat & Protein

3. Energy-Yielding Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Fat & Protein

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are referred to as the three energy-yielding nutrients because they provide your body with energy that is measured in calories. You'll also learn about another substance that can provide your body with calories, even though it is not a nutrient.

Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

4. Experimental Design in Science: Definition & Method

What are the requirements of a scientific experiment? How do scientists turn hypotheses into theories and laws? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on the design of scientific experiments.

How to Find Sources of Reliable Nutrition Information

5. How to Find Sources of Reliable Nutrition Information

There is a lot of nutritional information available through the Internet and other media outlets, so how do you find reliable sources of nutritional information? Follow along to find out and learn how to protect yourself from false claims.

Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

6. Nutritional Myths, Facts, Risks & Benefits

Have you heard about the latest supplement craze that will cure you of something? Is it worth taking? This lesson will talk about the benefits, risks, myths, and facts surrounding dietary supplements.

Organic vs Inorganic Nutrients: Differences & Importance

7. Organic vs Inorganic Nutrients: Differences & Importance

The presence or absence of carbon is what differentiates organic nutrients from inorganic nutrients. Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and vitamins have carbon in their structure, making them organic. Water and minerals do not, so they are inorganic.

Using the Scientific Method in the Nutrition Field

8. Using the Scientific Method in the Nutrition Field

The scientific method is a systematic process that scientists follow to provide reliable nutritional advice to the public. Learn how a hypothesis is formulated and how this leads to the creation of a theory, as well as what makes a study reliable, in this lesson.

What is Nutrition?

9. What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the process of taking in nutrients from the foods you eat. Learn about the six nutrients needed for energy, maintenance of tissues and regulation of bodily processes: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, vitamins and minerals.

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