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Keywords: Nutrients, Calorie Count, Nutrition, Tracking Food
Subject(s): Health and PE
Grades 6 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
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School: Osseo-Fairchild Jr Sr High Sch, Osseo, WI
Planned By: Tera Simpson
Original Author: Tera Simpson, Osseo
As we learn nutrition in 7th grade health class, students will track the food they eat using an online nutrition and fitness tracker. Each day, students will spend the first 10-15 minutes of class entering the day's food into Sparkteens.com. Following this introductory activity, students will then be instructed on concepts about nutrition. This will happen throughout the term as we learn about carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. Throughout the term, students will be able to compare their nutrients and calorie count to the USDA recommendations for their age, height, gender and activity level. Students will use math skills to analyze, compare, and graph their data. Students will use reading and language arts skills to read and journal about their food. Students will chart physical activity in their log also. Using a variety of school subject skills, students will understand what adjustments should be made in order to lead healthy life through nutrition allowing them to make the decisions for themselves. Students will learn healthy alternatives to their favorite foods and students will start to learn decision making with portion sizes and their caloric needs. This lesson will accomplish many of the national standards in health regarding nutrition including; core concepts, analyzing influences, accessing information, interpersonal communication, decision making, goal setting, and self management.
Because the online tracker is an online based free program, the classroom will need computers / tablets and internet access. This would be daunting if students need to go to the computer lab each day to accomplish the data submission.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Graphing and analyzing data (Math), Physical activity tracking (PE), Nutrition (Health and Biology), Typing Skills (Computers), Journaling (Language Arts and Reading)
Links: Link to the online tracker
Materials: Office Suite, Computer Accessories, Mobile Labs, Internet Services
Other Items: 22 Netbooks (or tablets), $400 each, total of $8800.00
1 Storage Cart, $500 each, total of $500.00