Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Student Prior Knowledge:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Have students write on a small slip of paper how many calories they think they need for basic growth and body function. Have students stand in a line according to the estimate they wrote on the piece of paper. For a written record of their estimates, glue the papers to a chart to make a line plot.
Have students use a caloric needs calculator (see web site listed below) to calculate their caloric needs.
Give the students a line graph of resting body functions, such as sitting or watching TV. After referring to the Calories Used Table, have students plot the caloric expenditures for activities such as, running, swimming, or bicycling. Have them compare their graphs with the resting body functions graph. Then have them compare graphs in their small group. Have them discuss the differences in their graphs and justify their responses.
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Use a calculator for extension activities. Allow students to experiment with a scale that measures in grams, ounces, pounds, or kilograms.
1 cup of milk = 8 grams of protein, so: 8 grams X 4 calories = 32 calories from protein.
1/2 cup of cooked spaghetti = 17 grams of carbohydrate, so: 17 grams X 4 calories = 68 calories from carbohydrate.
1 order of "large fries" = 22 grams of fat, so: 2 grams X 9 calories = 198 calories from fat.
Have students use calculators to calculate the calories in:
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