You Be the Dietician–Breakfast Foods

Do you teach an Advanced Foods and Nutrition class?  Looking for a rigorous assignment for students who have a strong understanding of the nutrients and MyPlate? You are in luck as Nikki Heflin, a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher of Indiana shares this breakfast lesson, several lab ideas and concluding assessment, placing students in the role of the dietician.  Check out her lesson below!

Set

  • Divide students into group and give each group a piece of poster paper.  They will then collaborate  to compile a list of what they deem the most popular breakfast foods.
  • As students share, create a list on the board with tally marks so as a class you can see what they chose as the most popular breakfast foods. 
  • Discuss: What nutrients and/or food groups students feel the typical American breakfast is lacking? What nutrients/food groups are the foods on this list highest in? Why do teenagers often skip breakfast?

Materials

  • iPads or Laptops (Google Docs)
  • Lab Supplies
  • Chalkboard or Whiteboard

Activities

  • Assign students the breakfast articles to read to complete the Thinking About Breakfast handout.  This handout also contains a personal reflection section that students complete, assessing their own breakfast habits.
  • Handouts are collected and graded on completion.  In addition, Nikki uses their answers to help plan labs.  For example, if a lot of students are skipping breakfast because of time, then she plans labs so that students can learn to prepare foods in bulk such as scrambled egg muffins.
  • Other healthy breakfast lab options include fruit & granola yogurt parfaits and omelets.
  • The assessment for this lesson is the assignment “You Be the Dietician”

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