Fizzy’s Lunch Lab is a great launching pad for talking about how to eat healthfully. Kids can watch videos as a group or play games and explore the site in a computer lab. Some games can accommodate more than one player, and others involve getting up and moving ("Mixie’s Boogie Buffet" is a dancing game). Teachers can plan to make recipes as a class or assign the provided worksheets or offline activities as homework. Most lessons can easily be tied into other curriculum topics such as math or science.Continue reading Show less
Fizzy's Lunch Lab is a dynamic site from PBS, where kids can watch videos that address many aspects of healthy eating and extend their learning by playing games, listening to music, designing their own kitchen, and trying new recipes. Fizzy and his crew make it fun to be healthy.
New videos are released weekly and revolve around a monthly theme like balanced meals. In a set of videos that explore whole grains, kids visit a bakery where they learn how whole wheat bread is made, learn a recipe for making molasses cookies with whole grain flour, and more. Kids can always watch archived videos and access a catalog of games, printable activities, recipes (crispy sweet potato rounds, fiesta bean chili), and music (original songs by the Freezer Burn band about topics like the health benefits of nuts and “eating the rainbow”).
Fizzy’s Lunch Lab tackles a variety of nutrition-related topics such as food groups, hydration, exercise, eating as a family, and smart grocery shopping. Games range from simple memory and Tetris-like games to virtual-world adventures in which kids must rescue Professor Fizzy by solving math problems. Some of the more complicated games require advanced math skills, such as adding with fractions or solving logic puzzles, and won't be appropriate for younger kids. However, there is enough variety that kids of a range of ages should find something that suits them.
Though the intent is right on, sometimes the healthy message can get a bit black and white (bad foods are evil and eating them will have immediate horrible consequences). Still, the information is generally presented in a fun and exciting format by likeable characters. And talking to kids about their impressions and their own personal experiences should help them not discount the message.
Key Standards Supported
Measurement And Data
Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.3
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/“less of” the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Number And Operations—Fractions
Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.
Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.2
Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 + ? = 11, 5 = _ – 3, 6 + 6 = _.
Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings2, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
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