Kids just LOVE this activity You will need to go to any 5 Fast food chains and gather their nutritional information guide. Students will look through all the guides choosing various meals and items and adding up calories, fat and sodium. The assignment is based on Burger King, Subway, Dairy Queen, A & W and McDonalds. It can be easily changed to fit the chains closest to you. Students will also take part in challenges to create the meal with the least and greatest amounts of calories and fats.
This project gives students an in depth look at the composition of their fast food and what they are putting into their body. It gives students a realistic perspective on eating fast food. It allows for great conversations to take place.
There is a great deal of Math involved as well, plenty of adding and problem solving for them to try.
The assignment can take anywhere from 3-4 hours. It's better to break it into two classes.