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!
- 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?
- iPads or Laptops (Google Docs)
- Lab Supplies
- Chalkboard or Whiteboard
- 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”
- Thinking About Breakfast (PDF)
- Breakfast Busters Article (PDF)
- Teens Need Breakfast Article (PDF)
- Quick and Healthy Breakfast Sandwich with Fruit–Recipe (PDF)
- Light and Healthy Fruit and Granola Parfaits Recipe (PDF)
- Omelet Lab (PDF)
- You Be the Dietician- Breakfast Foods (PDF)
- Breakfast Busters (Website)
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