ALEX Learning Assets
Title: My Choices with MyPlate.gov
Digital Tool: Interactive Whiteboard Presentation: My Plate For Healthy Eating
Digital Tool Description: The interactive whiteboard presentation, My Plate For Healthy Eating, provides students with manipulatives, videos, and online news articles to enhance the understanding and engagement with the food pyramid and MyPlate.gov.
You Are What You Eat
In this lesson, students evaluate their eating habits, focusing on the ways in which one assesses whether or not his or her diet is nutritious. Students work in small groups to design a menu for a healthy lunch and write a paragraph justifying their choices. For homework, students maintain a food diary over the course of a week and write a reflective essay discussing their food intake and proposing ways to make their diet healthier
Too Much of a Sweet Thing
Students will examine the growing prevalence of processed sugar in the American diet, first through a demonstration that makes graphically clear the amount of sugar an average boy and girl consumes on a daily basis. They then will explore the issue in greater depth through the featured article. Finally, student teams will devise illustrated posters for a Sweet Health campaign, aimed at persuading other children and parents of the potential dangers of processed sugar over-consumption and the value of healthy eating alternatives.
Sugar-Coating the Facts
In this lesson, students explore the food industry's influence on American children's nutritional habits and analyze the nutrition charts found on food packaging. They then synthesize their knowledge by designing "warning labels" to be placed on products that are targeted to children to better represent the contents' nutritional value.
'Got Milk?' or 'Not Milk!'? - That Is the Question!
In this lesson, students critically analyze Web sites that present different sides of the controversial milk debate (good for you/not good for you).