Types of Fat: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Fats can be very confusing to teach because there are so many different types; some that are good, someStoplight.Fats that are bad, and some that are downright ugly for your health and body.  I wanted to teach my students about the different types of fats in an interactive and simplistic way.  So, below you will find ways to teach about fats which can be used as is or easily be adapted for use in an interactive note book.  In addition, you will find a lab incorporating a healthy fat that also ties directly into the advice of MyPlate, encouraging the consumption of seafood.


  • Are fats good or bad for the body?  The answer depends on the kinds or types of fats you eat.  The body needs fat for energy, organ protection and insulation.
  • Have students take the Pre-test prior to viewing the Ted-Ed “What is Fat?” video.  After viewing, students complete the Post-test column and then go over correct answers as a class.


  • Projector & Screen
  • Colored Markers or Pencils
  • Scissors & Stapler
  • Crayons (green, red, yellow)
  • Lab Supplies


  • Students will prepare their 3-Tab Lift Flap Foldable from TPT for notes by cutting on the dotted line, folding and stapling into place.  Students use the markers to title and provide a face representing each of the following headings:  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
  • Use the below PPT Notes to help students learn the differences between the types of fats.  The fats addressed in the PPT include:  The Good are Unsaturated Fats, The Bad are Saturated Fats, and The Ugly are Trans-fats.  Students take notes in their 3-Tab Lift Flap Foldable, under the appropriate headings.
  • Follow up the notes with this YouTube Video titled “Good Fats vs Bad Fats” from Healthination as a review to the information.
  • As a reinforcement assignment, I give students 3 crayons (green, yellow and red) along with the “Color Coding Fats” activity and have them interact with their notes to color code correctly.  I explain that the colors are similar to a stop light.  Green represents the good fats that we should consume regularly, the yellow represents the bad fats that we have to minimally consume and red stands for the ugly fats that we should avoid altogether.  If using an interactive notebook, this could easily be glued into it.
  • Finally, students prepare a good fat food in the lab by making salmon nuggets.


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