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What Is a Calorie?

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What Is a Calorie?


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Type: Learning Activity


This TED-Ed learning activity guides students through the explanation and use of calories.

We hear about calories all the time: How many calories are in this cookie? How many are burned by doing 100 jumping jacks, or long-distance running, or fidgeting? But what is a calorie, really? And how many of them do we actually need? Emma Bryce explains how a few different factors should go into determining the recommended amount for each person.

The activity includes a video, multiple choice and open-ended questions, additional resources to dig deeper, and a guided discussion.

This alignment results from the Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.

Content Standard(s):
Physical Education
PE (2019)
Grade: 8
8-3.11) Utilize one method of tracking fitness and nutrition.

APE accommodation suggestions: Visual aids and cues

Physical Education
PE (2019)
Grade: 9-12
Advanced Kinesiology - Level 1
AK-5.1) Research the benefits of proper nutrition and daily physical activity.

Physical Education
PE (2019)
Grade: 9-12
Advanced Kinesiology - Level 1
AK-5.2) Explore the relationship among the brain, fitness, and nutrition and how they affect each other.

Tags: calories, energy, fuel, health, healthy living, nutrition, wellness
License Type: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
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Partnered Event: Health/PE COS Summit
AccessibilityVideo resources: includes closed captioning or subtitles

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Author: Andrea Rains
The event this resource created for:Health/PE COS Summit