No More Fatty Foods, Lazy Lifestyles

No More Fatty Foods, Lazy Lifestyles lesson plan

How can students erase paths to obesity? Becoming aware of healthy choices for foods and exercise can help.

  • 1.

    Organize students into small groups to research data regarding obesity rates in the United States and around the world, including developing countries. Ask student groups to also investigate the reasons for the recent jumps in obesity rates in children.

  • 2.

    Groups organize their research into electronic formats for presentation to classmates. Included in presentations will be an analysis of why they believe obesity rates are rising, the health risks of being overweight, and steps children and parents can take to begin to alleviate this problem.

  • 3.

    To accompany electronic presentations, each student group will create a poster illustrating some of the major contributors to overweight children, such as fewer active gym classes, long hours of sitting, and a lack of safe outdoor places to play. These poster designs can be created using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils and Washable Markers.

  • 4.

    Display group posters in the classroom during electronic presentations.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Represent and interpret data.
  • SCI: Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment
  • SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

Adaptations

  • Invite a community member that is a nutritionist or physician to visit with students and share his knowledge about the importance of making healthy food choices and exercise for children and adults. Prior to the visit, students prepare questions for the guest. Afterwards, students post learning to a class blog.
  • Encourage students to work individually or in small groups to develop advertisement posters which encourage children to exercise, as well as make healthy food choices. Students may also develop an original slogan to accompany posters.