Pages 1-3 are a student handout in which students read a paragraph about the calories consumed by the average American on Thanksgiving. Then, students match the sentences to given equations and enter the correct inequality symbol.
Students estimate how many calories they eat, make a sample menu, and add up the calories for their meal. Calorie counts are found on page 4, meant for viewing only after selecting the food items. Students calculate how long they would need to perform certain activities to burn off that amount of calories, using given information.
The lesson ends with students reading sentences and selecting the correct words (greater than or less than) based on their calculations.
This can be done individually or in small groups. It is meant to have the teacher introduce the topic and allow students to work at their own pace. Information is applied and relevant!
Page 5 is an optional introductory activity. If time allows, introduce the concept of serving sizes (and over-serving) using cereal. Students pour cereal into a bowl as if they were going to eat it, or trying to get exactly the serving size. Using a measuring cup, students measure how much they actually poured and calculate the nutrition information for the amount that was poured. Teachers can ask many inequality-based questions as primers for the activity.