Moving from the Digestive System to Nutrition felt like a perfect transition. To introduce Nutition, I found this great (free) PowerPoint presentation on Teachers Pay Teachers. You can find it here. I have never taught with a PowerPoint before. I thought it was effective as an overview for the students, but I am not sure I will do it again. Nothing against PowerPoints, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
So we did a quick overview of nutrients, minerals, and the different food groups. I like using "My Plate" (www.myplate.gov) to determine the amount of each food group.
Afterwards, I gave the students an article from a health magazine that explains each part of a food label and how much of each category is considered healthy. The article also discussed labels that can be deceiving, such as, low-fat (might mean more sugar).
I gave students different food labels and each had to determine whether the food was healthy or unhealthy. And if the food was healthy, what makes it healthy? I.e. is it a good source of fiber? Protein?