Healthy Eating


Healthy Eating Lesson Plan

Contextual Data: I used the food pyramid. You would want to use the most current guideline for healthy eating

National Standards: Student will demonstrate the ability to access valid health information.

Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks.

Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health.

Unit Objectives: Students will be able to analyze a diet and classify it as healthy or unhealthy.

Students will be able to recognize an eating disorder and know how to respond.

Students will construct goals for a healthy diet and be able to apply these goals.

Lesson 1: As an introductory, start by naming a food and have the class tell you if they think that is a healthy of unhealthy food. Then reflect on their answer with the answer that you want them to know. This lesson is used to get the students into the right mind set and should only be used for a few minutes.

Objectives: Students will demonstrate their current knowledge of healthy eating.

Students will engage in classroom discussion.

Lesson 2: Have the students write down what they ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and everything in between, for the day prior. Ask if any students want to share what they had. (Someone will). If they do not, don’t be pushy. You don’t want to invade their privacy. For those that do share, you can reflect on their diet, and use it as a tool for teaching your nutrition lesson. Then, show them the food pyramid, or the most current lesson aid, and have them compare their diet to the chart to see where they can make changes. As an assessment you can have them write three areas that they need to improve in, and three ways that these improvements can be made. Length of this lesson is reciprocal to class involvement, but should not take longer than 20 minutes.

Objectives: Students will be able to use the food pyramid as a guideline for healthy eating.

Students will be able to analyze a diet, and recognize areas in need of change.

Students will set goals for themselves and demonstrate the knowledge needed to achieve these goals.

Lesson 3: lecture on unhealthy dieting and eating disorders. Cover anorexia nervosa, bolemia nervosaand any other topics you want them to be familiar with. Also make sure you cover how to respond to friends or classmates who are in these situations, and where to go for help. Try to keep the class as involved as possible, as it may be a good way to find anyone in need of help. Assessment will be in the form of classroom discussion. I will ask reflective questions such as, “what are some negative medical affects of anorexia?”. This lesson should be about 10 minutes long.

Objectives: Students will be able to identify an eating disorder

Students will be familiar with some common unhealthy diets.

Lesson 4: Lead a classroom discussion guided toward concepts of healthy dieting. Use this time to tell the students about some healthy methods of dieting, and the importanceof nutrition. This may also be a good time to reflect on any lessons taught earlier in the unit. Allow the students to ask a wide range of questions to keep the discussion colorful and answer any questions that they may have. There will not be any form of assessment. This lesson will be about 15 minutes long.

Objectives: Students will be familiar with a few healthy dieting methods.

Students will demonstrate their knowledge and apply it through reciprocal learning.

Students will be more comfortable with concepts brought up during discussion.

Closing: Ask if the students have any more questions for you. If they do not, Ask them a few questions that will cause them to reflect on today’s lessons. Tell them good job and wish them a nice day.


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