Ch 5: Nutrition Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Find informative and accessible nutrition lesson plans you can use to help develop your teaching strategy. Each lesson plan includes resources related to nutrition that you can share with your students.

Nutrition Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Having access to these nutrition lesson plan outlines will help ease any anxiety you might have about planning your nutrition curriculum. Each lesson plan has been developed by teachers to help you manage your class time effectively and meet your learning objectives. This chapter covers the following:

  • What nutrition is
  • Food pyramids
  • Food labels and how to read them
  • Facts about apples
  • More nutrition topics!

The lesson plan outlines provide you with helpful resources you can actually share with your students, like short video lessons and quizzes to gauge their knowledge of the topics.

How It Helps

  • Common core: Makes sure that your lessons on nutrition are comprehensive and meet educational standards
  • Student involvement: Provides you with methods to keep students engaged in the lessons, like discussion topics, games, and activities
  • Terms and concepts: Highlights important vocabulary words to incorporate into your lessons

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning nutrition lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific nutrition topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your nutrition class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related nutrition 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 nutrition concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant nutrition-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 5: Nutrition Lesson Plans
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What is Nutrition?

1. 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.

Food Pyramid Lesson Plan

2. Food Pyramid Lesson Plan

Eating right is an important concept to teach your students. Use this Study.com lesson plan to guide your students through the levels of the food pyramid. Finish up with a fun activity focusing on the new My Plate.

Food Pyramid Facts: Lesson for Kids

3. Food Pyramid Facts: Lesson for Kids

Has your mom ever told you to eat all your vegetables to be healthy? Your mom isn't making that stuff up! In this lesson, we'll discuss the U.S. government's food guide charts and learn how they may be used to eat in a healthy way.

How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

4. How to Read Food Labels: Understanding Claims & Components

The nutritional facts label provides information about the nutrient content of a food item. Learn about the components found on the label, as well as additional nutrient content claims and health claims that food manufacturers can add to packaging in this lesson.

Food Inc. Lesson Plan

5. Food Inc. Lesson Plan

Launch a research project into food production or just take a closer look at what your students are eating with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson summarizing the movie 'Food ,Inc.' and be given facts about food production, discuss content and apply learning to an activity.

Food Inc.: Summary & Facts

6. Food Inc.: Summary & Facts

The documentary 'Food, Inc.,' showing much of what really goes into the production and labeling of what Americans eat, earned the praises of viewers and the wrath of the food industry.

Food Science Lesson Plan

7. Food Science Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help students gain a better understanding of food science. Students will read an informational lesson that defines the term and explains the how food science research is applied. Finish strong with a hands-on activity to solidify concepts.

What is Food Science? - Definition & Research

8. What is Food Science? - Definition & Research

You might not be aware of the amount of research that goes into developing and maintaining a steady, healthy food supply, but that's exactly where food science comes in. This lesson will delve into some of its applications.

Food Science: Lesson for Kids

9. Food Science: Lesson for Kids

Why is it important that you eat your vegetables? How does mold grow on bread? These and other fascinating questions are answered by food scientists on a daily basis. In this lesson, you will learn about food science and why it is important.

Healthy Eating Lesson Plan

10. Healthy Eating Lesson Plan

In this lesson, introduce students to healthy eating. Using a series of guidelines, facilitate conversations about healthy eating. Students will construct a healthy eating plan at the end of the lesson.

How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

11. How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan

Would you like to know what goes into creating a healthy eating plan? Learn how to evaluate your current food intake, find your nutritional needs, choose the right foods and assess your progress to create a plan that meets your nutritional needs.

Super Size Me Lesson Plan

12. Super Size Me Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to analyze and discuss information presented in the movie 'Super Size Me.' Students will read an informational text, analyze information, discuss validity, and draw conclusions. Afterwards, they'll apply knowledge with an engaging activity.

Super Size Me Movie: Facts & Summary

13. Super Size Me Movie: Facts & Summary

The 2004 movie 'Super Size Me' shows the results of one man's attempt to eat nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days. In this video, we'll take look at the facts shown in the film and the controversy associated with considering the film in a scientific context.

Serving Size Lesson Plan

14. Serving Size Lesson Plan

How much candy represents a serving size? This lesson plan challenges your students with that question and teaches them crucial facts about serving size with a text lesson and activity.

Serving Size: Definition & Examples

15. Serving Size: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn about serving size and where to find it. You'll also learn about a similar concept, that of servings, and how many you need for each food group and what that comes out to be using real-world examples.

Nutrition for Athletes Lesson Plan

16. Nutrition for Athletes Lesson Plan

Good nutrition is important for everyone, especially those that depend on their bodies like athletes. Your students will have fun learning the nutritional requirements for athletes as they read and discuss a text lesson, create a diet plan, create a phone app, and take a quiz.

Nutrition for Athletes: Needs & Guidelines

17. Nutrition for Athletes: Needs & Guidelines

Athletes who intensively practice sports have slightly different nutrition requirements for the body to function well. This is caused by high energy expenditure and additional nutrient requirements for building muscles. But because the information that is provided often varies a lot depending on a source, it can be difficult to find estimates of the real needs and guidelines for nutritional intake.

Organic Food Lesson Plan

18. Organic Food Lesson Plan

How does organic food differ from conventional food? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts about organic food. An activity compares and contrasts organic and conventional food.

What is Organic Food? - Definition, Facts, Pros & Cons

19. What is Organic Food? - Definition, Facts, Pros & Cons

In this lesson, you will learn about organic food, and read some facts about these types of foods. You will also learn about a few of the advantages and disadvantages of consuming organic foods.

Balanced Diet Lesson Plan

20. Balanced Diet Lesson Plan

Teaching your students about balanced diets and their importance can be enjoyable using this lesson plan. Your students will read a text lesson, engage in a discussion, and learn to create their own balanced diets.

What is a Balanced Diet? - Definition, Plans & Examples

21. What is a Balanced Diet? - Definition, Plans & Examples

In this lesson, we'll be covering the much-debated topic of what a balanced diet is. Here, you'll learn to sort through all the fad diets and understand which nutrients really contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.

Nutrition Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. Nutrition Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Do your students know why good nutrition is important? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain important facts about nutrition for students. A shopping activity gives students practice in nutritious meal planning.

Nutrition Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

23. Nutrition Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Have you ever felt tired or a little sick after eating? It maybe because you're eating foods that taste good, but that aren't very good for your body. In this lesson, you will learn about nutrition and what to feed your body so you feel energized and healthy.

Food Labels Lesson Plan for Elementary School

24. Food Labels Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students how to read food labels with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains how to read food labels, working alongside guided instruction to read their own label, before they apply learning to an analytical project.

Reading Food Labels: Lesson for Kids

25. Reading Food Labels: Lesson for Kids

Food labels are tables of information found on packaged foods. They tell you important details about the food you are eating and provide nutritional facts. Read more to learn about how to read a food label.

Healthy Food Choices Activities for Kids

26. Healthy Food Choices Activities for Kids

Looking for fun ways to engage your students in conversations about healthy food choices? This lesson offers several activity ideas that are sure to grab students' attention and connect learning to the real world.

Calcium Lesson Plan for High School

27. Calcium Lesson Plan for High School

Students will understand the origin and benefits of calcium in this lesson plan. They will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Sugar Lesson Plan

28. Sugar Lesson Plan

What do your students know about sugar, besides that it makes things sweet? This lesson plan uses a video lesson as an anchor to teach all about sugar and includes an activity and game to reinforce concepts and make them last.

Sugar Lesson Plan for Elementary School

29. Sugar Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Most kids love sugar, but may not understand why too much can be bad. This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the basics about sugar and an activity is designed to help students gain awareness about their sugar intake.

Whole Grains Lesson Plan

30. Whole Grains Lesson Plan

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.

Breakfast Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. Breakfast Lesson Plan for Elementary School

It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Teach your students about the history and value of a good breakfast with some help from a text lesson. Use the associated activity to deepen understanding.

Calcium Lesson Plan for Elementary School

32. Calcium Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct elementary students about the mineral calcium. Students will learn why calcium is important and how to get their daily dose of calcium from the foods they eat.

Chocolate Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. Chocolate Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson is going to be sweet! The core lesson is Chocolate Facts: Lessons for Kids. This lesson plan builds on the core lesson by reviewing the process of making chocolate, allowing for some time to make chocolate, and ending with tastings of the three kinds of chocolate.

Reading Nutrition Labels Lesson Plan

34. Reading Nutrition Labels Lesson Plan

It's helpful to know how to read and interpret nutrition labels when trying to eat healthy. Your students will have fun learning how to do this by reading a lesson and practicing using food labels.

Nutrition Lesson Plan

35. Nutrition Lesson Plan

Explore nutrition with a Study.com video, reinforce the key concepts through examining vocabulary and through an activity that looks at student nutrition. For further study, supplementary activities and related lessons are included.

Reading Food Labels Lesson Plan

36. Reading Food Labels Lesson Plan

Simplify your instruction of food labels with a Study.com video and a fun hands-on activity. Supplementary activities and recommendations are included for deeper exploration of the topic.

Nutrition Project Ideas for Middle School

37. Nutrition Project Ideas for Middle School

More is discovered each day about the importance of proper nutrition in fueling the body, curing disease and regulating emotions. In this resource, you will find a variety of nutrition projects designed for middle school students.

Community Nutrition Project Ideas

38. Community Nutrition Project Ideas

Engage middle or high school students in projects to help them gain hands-on experience with community nutrition. Guide them through the steps of redesigning a mall food court, mapping out area food options, and transforming holiday recipes.

Nutrition Project Ideas for High School

39. Nutrition Project Ideas for High School

Nutrition is something that should be understood earlier in life. Your high school students will learn and display what they have learned about nutrition by completing the following projects.

Nutrition Unit Plan for High School

40. Nutrition Unit Plan for High School

Exploring nutrition with your students can be an engaging journey from what makes up a healthy diet to how nutrients affect their body. In this unit plan, students will engage in lessons, activities, and projects that promote good nutrition.

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