THIS IS A BUNDLED UNIT OF STUDY IN Word FORMAT.
This is a basic introductory unit on the digestive system and nutrition for the high school student. All activities/assignments come with a teacher KEY. There is a digestive system open notes activity to be completed with a projector/Promethean Board/SmartBoard OR with the included PPT (lots of options!). The students then complete an assignment based on these open notes. An interactive website is included that “feeds” the digestive system with different foods so the students can see how food travels through the system. It’s a cartoon, complete with noises and music, that is visually stimulating and evokes some laughter from the students. The nutrition section has an activity called "Food Label Evaluation". Each student chooses a food, preferably something from home that they enjoy eating, and evaluates the nutritional information on the label. The FDA website on reading food labels for nutrition content is included to introduce the student to the assignment before actually completing it. Also included is a worksheet and key for the movie "Supersize Me" – I created this assignment while watching the movie myself. After watching the movie, the McDonald's Menu Nutrition Facts assignment involves reading the nutrition information from an actual McDonald's menu downloaded from the internet and included here in a pdf. An option to the downloaded version of the menu is actually going to McDonald’s and asking the manager for some tray liners which has all the nutrition information on the back (this is the option that I, and the students, prefer). The students are not only required to evaluate some of their favorite McDonald’s food items, but it also requires the student to create healthy meals from the McDonald's menu (this can be done!) while making note of the nutritional content of their newly created reduced fat-sugar-calorie meal. Then they need to find ways through exercise to “burn” off all that food (exercise/calorie-burning website included). They love this! This is a 2-day/100 minute assignment and a great conversation starter.