# Nutrition Calculating Calorie Science Activity for Healthy Meal

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Nutrition Calculating Calorie Science Activity for Healthy Meal

This is an 11-page document that will have your students searching through nutritional guides that you collect or by searching on the Internet for healthy (and unhealthy foods). Students will then calculate the total calories of the meal based on the grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. These activities are intended to reinforce the fact that it is important to be healthy in a fun. Of course some of the activities can be optional. You can choose and be flexible with that.

The activity begins with the following scenario: Prince and Princess Healthnut will be coming to town! That's right...Prince and Princess Healthnut are coming to your town. And just like their name would suggest- they are "health nutsâ€. You and your welcoming committee members have a big job to do to be ready for them. Besides creating a welcome billboard and a sweatshirt design that encourages healthy eating, you will be asked to create a healthy menu for your special guests.

Teachers can either collect nutritional guides from different restaurant chains or have the students use the Internet. Most chain restaurants will provide a nutritional guide online. Even though the calories are provided on the nutritional guides, it is important that the students learn to calculate their meals. Make sure they understand that, in general, each gram of protein is equal to 4 calories, each gram of carbohydrate is equal to 4 calories, and each gram of fat is equal to 9 calories. Sometimes, the total calories that the students will come up with will not match the total on the nutritional guide. This is due to some other small calculations. But the totals should be very close.

The scoring rubric provided is simply a guide. If you do choose to use it, print off the page and cut the "Teacher Directions & Tipsâ€ part off.

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