Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Nutrition, and supports the standard of understanding the importance of a balanced diet for personal health. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students: 

  • What might happen to your body if you only ate dessert for an entire week?
  • Why do you think eating vegetables is important?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Nutrition topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “In Depth” or “Sickness and Health”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you are the host of a food show. Create a tutorial to share a recipe for a nutritionally balanced meal.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying different types of nutrients and provide examples of foods that include each type. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme expressing the importance of balance in a healthy diet. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about nutrition. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • What is a balanced diet and why does it vary for different people?
  • Why do you need to be careful about how much fat you consume?
  • What is an example of a healthy type of carbohydrate?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Nutrition Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Play Sortify: Nutrition, a learning game challenging players to sort foods into different categories. 

Continue to build understanding around personal health with BrainPOP’s Nutrition topics, games, and teacher resources. 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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