Nutrition and Food: Taking Control of What You Eat
This unit uses nutrition as a theme. Basic reading, writing and math activities
are created based on the theme. You dont have to be a scientist or
a dietitian to use this unit. You will help your students reflect on what
they know about food and nutrition, what they dont know and what they
want to learn. You can research along with your students using the resources
suggested here. As always, technology resources are suggested here, but
the lessons can still work, for the most part, in the low-tech classrooms.
Students will be able to:
- All stages of the Writing Process, but especially the planning and
pre-writing stages, Oral Language Skills, Critical Thinking. Research
skills, especially Internet based.
- Formulate questions and research answers
- Write reflectively
- Research skills
- Writing about research
- Read charts (such as a food label)
- Use new vocabulary words
These lessons are designed to help students obtain the skills they need
to move ahead according to National Standards: The National Reporting System
of Adult Education. These are the standards required by the 1998 Workforce
Investment Act. See http://www.air.org/nrs/
Research is a part of this unit. Resources for research need to be available
for students. Internet resources are listed above. Useful print resources
Eating Right published by Signal Hill
Personal Health published by Steck-Vaughn
Decisions for Health published by Steck-Vaughn
In Good Health published by Contemporary
The Road to Healthy Living published by The University of Michigan
Getting Fit published by New Readers Press
TV411 in Print Issue no. 8
Students need paper, and pens or pencils.
Theres a lot of interesting, interactive material on the Web. Here
are a few sites that can help with the research parts of this lesson:
Prep for Teachers
You dont have to be an expert in nutrition to use this unit. In fact,
it can be even better if you dont know much at all. Then you get to
research and learn along with your students.
For most of the activities here, you need some resources for getting information.
If you have Internet access, finding information on nutrition is easy. Review
the sites mentioned in this lesson to make sure they still work.