McDonald's Menu Nutrition Facts

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This is an assignment created in Word format. I use this assignment during our unit on nutrition, and usually after we've already seen the movie "Supersize Me", but it can also be used before viewing the movie.

A copy of the McDonald's menu nutrition facts may be obtained to complete this assignment - either from the internet or by simply going to your nearest McDonald's and asking the manager for a few copies. They can be found on the back of the tray liners (people don't often look here!). My students and I prefer this method of having an actual tray liner with the nutrition facts in front of them as opposed to using the nutrition facts from the internet. HOWEVER, during my most recent trip to McDonald's to obtain additional menu nutrition facts, the tray liners were no longer available. Instead, McDonald's now has a fold-out brochure of nutrition facts for every single item on their menu - even the ketchup packets. This opens up to a sheet that's about 5 square feet - way too much to expect a student to peruse in order to find answers to this assignment. SO, I made a pdf copy of one of the old nutrition facts tray liners and have included it free of charge in my store. I've actually printed this out as a class set and laminated them to use over and over again.

By having the nutrition facts pdf, the students can evaluate the nutritional value of the meals they create using these nutrition facts. This is a lot of fun for them! A calculator may be required to add up the amount of calories, fat and sugar in one meal. Then they are asked to make their meals healthier by choosing healthier alternatives from the McDonald's menu - this can be done and the students will prove it to you! The last page of the assignment involves using the internet to navigate through a website that shows how many calories are burned by performing different activities and exercises. The students choose an activity and determine how many minutes of the activity it will take to 'burn off' a medium french fries. They are amazed at the amount of exercise it takes to do this! Because students are different weights, are of varying levels of 'fitness', and are either male or female, their level of calorie-burning will differ (they are amazed at this fact as well!). My suggestion is to navigate through this website with them before embarking on this part of the assignment.

I actually use this assignment as a project grade because of the time it takes to complete, the knowledge required beforehand, and the level of individual assessment - each student will have different answers due to their menu and activity choices.

This assignment is used on the computer with a drop box such as Blackboard, Schoology or School Space. However, it can be quickly and easily converted into a printable paper copy by simply removing the asterisks and adding lines for the students to write their answers instead of typing them. I use the electronic format for most of my assignments so we can save paper. Here's how it works:

The student answers the questions by placing their cursor between the red asterisks and begins typing the answer - that way they can easily see that they've answered the question and I can easily grade the assignment by reading what they've typed in red. A nice feature of assignments that are used on the computer along with a website is that the assignment can be 'pinned' to one side of the computer screen and the website with the McDonald's menu pinned to the other so the student can see both the assignment and the website they're working from at the same time. I love technology! Of course, this is the personal preference of your students and how you want them to work.
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