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  • Learning About My Eating Habits
  • Post-Viewing Sheet #1: What Is a Serving
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    » Post-Viewing Lesson Plan

    Learning About My Eating Habits

    » Lesson Objectives:

    This lesson is divided into two parts:
    In this lesson, students will either:

    Part I

    • Estimate what they eat on an average day
    • Compile a list of everything they eat and drink for one day

    This part will not be turned in for a grade. This is a private exercise for the student to consider their own eating habits.

    Part II

    • Examine what constitutes a serving of food
    • Compare their food choices to the foods on the USDA food pyramid
    • Analyze their school lunch program

    This part will be turned in for a grade.

    » Materials Needed:

    • Computers with Internet access
    • Copies of student worksheets:
      1. What Constitutes a Serving?
      2. What Do I Think I Eat? What Do I Eat?
      3. The USDA Food Pyramid
      4. "Let me introduce you to lunch at my school"

    NOTE: Teachers may need to supply examples of food serving sizes. Sometimes it is helpful for students to think of serving sizes as something more tangible, such as a deck of cards or the size of a fist.

    » Time Needed:

    • Students will need to keep records of their food intake for one day. This will not be turned in.
    • They will need 30-60 minutes in class to complete the Internet exercises.
    • Students will need to have two days of homework assignments to complete the paper.

    » Procedure:

    Tell students that they will be looking at their dietary habits and comparing them to national guidelines. Students should not be required to turn this in. However, you should emphasize that this will help them to understand what impact their consumption of certain kinds of foods has on their health.

    • Ask students to read the worksheet: "What Is a Serving?"
    • Have students keep a daily list of everything they eat and drink
    • Have students compare their diet with the food pyramid

    Students will then complete the worksheet: "Let me introduce you to lunch at my school."

    » Method of Assessment:

    Students should turn in

    • Completed worksheet on the food pyramid (Worksheet # 3)
    • Student Paper: "Let me introduce you to lunch at my school"

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