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Ch 6: Nutrients & Food Groups Lesson Plans & Resources

About This Chapter

Refer to this chapter to find engaging and enjoyable approaches you can use to teach your health class students about nutrients and food groups. Use lessons and corresponding lesson plans, videos, activities, games, and projects to encourage their participation.

Nutrients & Food Groups Lesson Plans and Resources - Chapter Summary

From apples to vitamins, this chapter helps you cover most everything your health students will need to know about nutrients and food groups. You will find lessons and lesson plans devoted to carbohydrates, proteins, dairy foods, dietary supplements and grains. Incorporate video lessons with your current lesson plans to further explore these subjects and test your students' understanding with brief assessment quizzes.

Lesson plans outline classroom group activities, class and homework assignments, creative projects and other hands-on ways your students can learn about these topics. Extended project suggestions are also provided that might include research projects or artistic ventures centered around nutrient and food group topics.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Ensures that your plans meet common core standards in areas of vocabulary, writing and research methodologies.
  • Activities or games: Engages students and ensures class participation with events that help your class learn and have fun at the same time.
  • Additional resources: Provides visual supplements that allow students to look at this material in a different light and spark class discussions.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning nutrients and food group lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific nutrients and food groups topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your health class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related nutrients and food groups lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of nutrients and food groups.
  • Engage your students with relevant nutrients- and food groups-related activities, discussion questions or other materials that are found in the lesson plan outline.

29 Lessons in Chapter 6: Nutrients & Food Groups Lesson Plans & Resources
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Carbohydrates Lesson Plan

1. Carbohydrates Lesson Plan

If you're discussing nutrition, this lesson plan explores the different types of carbohydrates, benefits, and drawbacks. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Dairy Foods Lesson Plan for Elementary School

2. Dairy Foods Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will provide teachers with a variety of dairy-related activities for elementary students, including cheese tasting, milk tasting, reading nutrition labels, and making butter.

Food Groups & Nutrients Lesson Plan

3. Food Groups & Nutrients Lesson Plan

What is a food group? Why are nutrients important? This lesson plan explains the food groups and the importance of choosing nutrient-rich foods. A menu planning activity solidifies understanding.

Food Groups Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Food Groups Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about healthy eating and nutrition with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson explaining the food groups then play games to apply understanding before making a food diary of their own.

Dietary Supplements Lesson Plan

5. Dietary Supplements Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores dietary supplements, and it's a useful tool for teachers discussing vitamins and nutritional supplements with their students. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Calcium Activities & Games for Kids

6. Calcium Activities & Games for Kids

If your class is studying about nutrition or food groups, then learning about calcium is important. Use these activities and games to help younger students understand the importance of calcium in their bodies.

Protein Lesson Plan for Elementary School

7. Protein Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to assist you in your instruction about proteins. Students will ask questions about proteins then read a text lesson to find answers, learning and applying information to hands-on activities and projects to make learning stick.

Vitamins Lesson Plan

8. Vitamins Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help students understand the importance of specific vitamins to the functioning of the human body. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer, and discuss which foods they should eat daily.

History of Pasta Lesson Plan

9. History of Pasta Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the history of pasta. Students will read a text lesson that explains what pasta is and compares its ancient to its more modern variations before they have the opportunity to make some of their own.

History of Pasta: Timeline & Facts

10. History of Pasta: Timeline & Facts

Pasta is a beloved dish, but where did it come from? In this lesson, we'll explore the history of this Italian staple, and consider the various theories that seek to explain its origin.

Grain Food Group Lesson Plan

11. Grain Food Group Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores carbohydrates in grain and products that contain grain. Students will learn about the daily recommended allowance and healthy choices by watching a video, answering discussion questions, completing an activity and taking a quiz.

What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

12. What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

Do you know which foods contain carbohydrates? Learn sources of both simple and complex carbohydrates, as well as how many carbs you should consume each day to stay healthy and avoid disease, in this lesson.

Protein in Nutrition Lesson Plan

13. Protein in Nutrition Lesson Plan

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.

Primary Functions of Protein in the Body

14. Primary Functions of Protein in the Body

Protein is a vital molecule that carries out many functions in your body. Learn how proteins provide structure, regulate body processes, transport materials throughout your body, help your immune system and act as a source of energy.

Proteins: Food Sources & Recommended Intakes

15. Proteins: Food Sources & Recommended Intakes

Do you know which foods provide the best source for protein? Learn about both animal-based and plant-based foods that contain protein in this lesson. It will also show you how much protein you should consume each day to stay healthy and avoid disease.

Apples Lesson Plan

16. Apples Lesson Plan

Whether you're using them for a fall activity theme or teaching about plants, studying apples is fun for young students. This lesson plan looks at the types, history and facts of apples and includes activities.

Facts About Apples: Lesson for Kids

17. Facts About Apples: Lesson for Kids

Become an apple expert by learning all there is to know about apples! Identify different types of apples, examine apples and their role throughout history and learn interesting additional facts about this popular fruit.

Fiber Lesson Plan

18. Fiber Lesson Plan

Teachers, this lesson plan explores the health benefits of fiber. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Milk Lesson Plan

19. Milk Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about milk production and safety requirements. With its help, students will read a text lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Food Pyramid Activities for Kids

20. Food Pyramid Activities for Kids

Learning about the food pyramid is an important part of understanding health and nutrition. This lesson offers activities that will make understanding the food pyramid fun and engaging for your young students.

Food Product Analysis Lesson Plan

21. Food Product Analysis Lesson Plan

We all love to eat, but do we know the steps companies take to provide a quality product that satisfies our palate? Students will read about food product analysis in this lesson. Afterwards, they'll answer discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Food Product Analysis: Methods & Example

22. Food Product Analysis: Methods & Example

Food analysis is performed for a variety of purposes. In this lesson, we will learn why food is analyzed and how it is analyzed, looking at some specific examples.

Micronutrients Lesson Plan

23. Micronutrients Lesson Plan

What are micronutrients and where can they be found? This lesson plan provides an overview of micronutrients using a video lesson. An activity challenges students to design a diet to meet the daily requirements for each micronutrient.

Nutrients Lesson Plan

24. Nutrients Lesson Plan

What are nutrients and how do they factor into good health? This lesson plan investigates the different types of nutrients using an informative video lesson. An activity asks students to identify nutrients in common foods.

Beef By-Products: Definition, Uses & Facts

25. Beef By-Products: Definition, Uses & Facts

In this lesson we will explore beef by-products; including what they are, a variety of uses and where you might find them in your own life, as well as some interesting facts.

Cotton Candy Lesson Plan

26. Cotton Candy Lesson Plan

What is cotton candy and how is it made? This lesson plan introduces basic facts about cotton candy using a text lesson. An activity encourages students to tout the merits of cotton candy.

Cotton Candy: History & Facts

27. Cotton Candy: History & Facts

Who doesn't love cotton candy? We eat a lot of it every year, but how much do you really know about it? In this lesson, we'll check out the sweet history of this American favorite.

Fast Food Nation Essay Topics

28. Fast Food Nation Essay Topics

''Fast Food Nation'' is a critical examination of the cultural changes that have affected the U.S. and the world with the expansion of the fast food market. The questions included in this lesson are meant to advance awareness and consider the problems presented in the book.

Macromolecules Project Ideas

29. Macromolecules Project Ideas

Our bodies are composed of macromolecules that make up the structure and carry out the functions necessary in our bodies. Your students' knowledge of macromolecules will be tested as they demonstrate metabolism and draw metabolic pathways.

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