Category: Nutrition

WIC Healthy Meal Challenge

In an effort to add gamification components to her courses and create memorable learning experiences for her students, Jennifer Estes, a North Carolina FACS teacher, created this WIC Healthy Meal Challenge. You’ll have to check out this lesson as it promotes student engagement, risk taking, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, in addition to covering Jennifer’s course standards!

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MyPlate: What’s Missing?

After learning about MyPlate and all of the food groups, I wanted students to analyze some meals to determine which food groups were present and which were not. Updating and adapting an old worksheet turned into this “MyPlate: What’s Missing?” activity utilizing 1:1 technology, via QR Codes. Additionally, it got students up moving around, breaking up a 43 minute class period!

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Interactive Potato Lessons & Labs

Looking for interactive potato lessons and labs for your food and culinary classes? This lesson is packed full of engaging ideas for teaching about the infamous potato that can be used independently or in it’s entirety as a mini-unit.

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Food Allergens

Teachers Pay Teachers seller, Arlene Meckes, and I teamed up to collaborate on this Food Allergens lesson! You might know her from Twins and Teaching on TPT. This lesson offers an overview of common food allergens combined with some critical thinking and problem solving activities for the students to apply what they’ve learned. So, if you are in need of a food allergens lesson, be sure to check it out in her wonderful store!

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Fad Diets “Among Us”

Are your students obsessed with the video game “Among Us”? Mine are! So, I thought if I used a concept from the game in a lesson, it would pique their interest! Fad Diets “Among Us” does just that as students learn about “sus” claims that are touted by fad diets. The lesson continues as students learn how to spot fad diets and utilize what they’ve learned as they analyze a fad diet advertisement.

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43 Minute Lab Series: High Protein Nachos

After noticing continuous requests for lab suggestions that are doable in 43 minute class periods, I’ve decided to do a recurring series, featuring recipes that can be completed from beginning to end in a 43 minute time frame. In some cases, longer recipes will broken into two day labs. In addition, I will include my pre-lab review questions that pertain specifically to the recipe. This helps to ensure that students are reading the recipe. It also allows me time to show any videos that may demonstrate the product or specific techniques. So, without further ado, I present the 43 Minute Lab Series: High Protein Nachos!

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PROTEIN: Polaroid Notes

Just before the pandemic started in March of 2020, I had discovered a feature on Ditch That Textbook about Polaroid Notes: Using Google Slides to create dynamic notes in an instant! I loved the concept and had an idea in mind for Protein: Poloroid Notes, which was to be one of my next topics and lessons. Unfortunately, due to the shutdown, I never got a chance to implement it with my students until a year later. This method of note taking puts the students in charge, using the resources you’ve provided! I hope this gets you thinking of all the different ways you can utilize this template in your classroom!

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DINB: Cheese Unit

After participating in two “Creating Digital Interactive Notebook” webinar sessions with Lindsey Harlan, I felt brave enough to attempt my first digital interactive notebook! The DINB: Cheese Unit covers a variety of information around cheese and also includes a couple of tasty labs (according to my students)! If you have the opportunity to participate in any of Lindsey’s sessions, I highly recommend it!

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Organic vs Non-Organic Foods

I don’t know about you, but I love teaching about topics that have two sides and sometimes a bit of controversy to them. Having read several articles about organic vs non-organic foods, I created this Organic vs Non-Organic Foods Dilemma where students had to research both sides of the argument and form a response that supported their position.

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