Lesson Plan

Should you really eat this?

Students will think more about making better food choices.
Shana W.
Technology coordinator
Creekland Middle School
Lawrenceville, United States
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My Grades 6, 7, 8

Students will be able to understand and identify the three different macronutrients. 

Students will be able to understand diet related health issues (diabetes, hypertension, Crohn's Disease, obesity).

Students will be able to problem solve food choices based on dietary needs and limitations. 

Students will be able to understand the basics of reading nutrition labels/information. 

Health & Wellness
Grades 6 – 8
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1 Activator

Free, Paid

Engage students with the nutrition topic by having them answer polling questions on using GoSoapbox.  Questions are: 

1. How many times a week do you eat fast food? 

2. When eating fast food what are your favorite items to order?

3. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

4. Have you looked at the nutrition information for foods you eat at fast food restaurants?  

GoSoapbox provides a unique code students enter on their device to enter a specific classroom.  We are a BYOD district as well have devices for teacher check out, so I would make sure there were enough devices for students to pair up. 

2 Direct Instruction

Free, Paid

With the teacher, students will complete the nutrition Nearpod lesson. The lesson gives them information on nutrients, obesity statistics, health issues related to diet, portion sizes and how to read nutrition labels. Students can take notes using a graphic organizer provided and refer back to the Nearpod lesson at a later time.  There is a short formative assessment at the end of the Nearpod lesson to check for student understanding. 

3 Guided Practice

Using their devices, students will be given three fictional scenarios to solve using the Chick-fil-a meal calculator. These scenarios will show them how to select food choices correctly using going back to information learned from the Nearpod lesson.  Our class will discuss choices that students have selected and find multiple solutions for the scenarios. 

Scenario #1: You brother wants to lose weight. Find her a complete meal that has less than 700 calories. 

Scenario #2: Your friend has a gluten allergy. Find her a complete meal that has no gluten.

Scenario #3: Your cousin is a bodybuilder. He needs a complete meal with at least 40g of protein but less than 15g of fat.  

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

With their partners, students will complete the dietician activity below using their devices.

You are a registered dietician and must help your patients make food choices based on their health issues. Below are the list of six restaurants you are helping your patients select meals from. They will need complete meals (no side salad or just side items) that fall within their required guidelines.  You will complete a chart like the one below for each patient for each of the six restaurants. 


Moe’s:  http://www.moes.com/food/nutrition/burritos/

Steak and Shake: https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn2/SteaknShake/PDFS/nutrition_facts.pdf

McDonald’s: http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/full_menu_explorer.html

Panera:  https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/home.html

Olive Garden: http://www.olivegarden.com/core_content/pdfs/olive_garden_nutrition.pdf

Zaxby’s: http://www.zaxbys.com/menu_nutrition/nutritional_information.aspx

Patient  # 1

Female, 54, Diabetic (meal must have less than 60g of carbohydrates)

Patient #2

Male, 32, Gluten Allergy (meal must be gluten free and less than 650 calories)

Patient #3

Male, 14, Obese (meal must have less than 600 calories and no more than 15g of fat)

Patient #4

You (select a meal that you would eat which is under 700 calories, 15g of fat, and 850mg of sodium)




Steak and Shake



Olive Garden


Patient #1







Patient #2







Patient #3







Patient #4








Answer the following questions below your chart. You must answer each with a minimum of three sentences.

  1. Who was the hardest patient to find food for?  Why?
  2. Who was the easiest patient to find food for? Why?
  3. What are some ways these patients can always be successful meeting their restriction amounts when eating out?
  4. What have you learned about making healthy choices at restaurants from this activity?