Grade 6 Nutrition: Life in the Balance
A classroom curriculum for grade 6 that focuses on nutrition and physical activity. Topics such as energy balance, screen time, target heart rate, added sugars in foods, and breakfast are covered using hands-on activities. The activities reinforce the skills needed to select and prepare healthy meals and snacks, guide physical activity patterns, and foster an environment of family support.
The curriculum is divided into eight lessons on nutrition and/or physical activity. Each lesson consists of two 20-minute parts. However, the two parts can be taught together if a 40-minute instruction period is available.
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Grade 6 Lesson 1: Food Fights
Students will identify important information on Nutrition Facts and use GO-SLOW-WHOA concepts to make healthy food choices.
Grade 6 Lesson 2: Build-A-Meal
Students will identify the relationship between food choices and consumption of calories, sodium, and saturated fat.
Grade 6 Lesson 3: How Much Sugar is in Your Favorite Drinks?
Students will identify important information using Nutrition Facts labels and identify alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages.
Grade 6 Lesson 4: Choose It or Lose It
Students will compare menu options at fast food restaurants and recognize the importance of energy balance and moderation.
Grade 6 Lesson 5: The Heart Is a Muscle
Students will calculate their target heart rate and identify the relationship between target heart rate and physical activity.
Grade 6 Lesson 6: MyPlate
Students will identify the food groups and foods within each group of MyPlate to create posters that illustrate MyPlate concepts.
Grade 6 Lesson 7: GO for Breakfast
Students will identify reasons not to skip breakfast and identify healthier breakfast food choices.
Grade 6 Lesson 8: There's More to Life Than Screens
Students will identify negative consequences and explore alternatives of too much screen-time, and set a goal for screen-time use.