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FACS: Basic Nutrition (Nutri/Food)

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 45 minutes each.

Group Size:
Small Groups


The term nutrition covers a broad spectrum of information. One of the best ways to analyze the nutrition found in a food is to compare it to the nutrition found in similar food.

Main Curriculum Tie:
FACS 6th GradeStrand 1
Students will identify and discuss the importance of food and nutrition through class activities and lab experiences.

Career Connections:

  • Dietitian, Health Careers, Cook

Read through the entire attachment and decide which information and supplies you wish to use.

Background For Teachers:
Review the information in the attachment with the students.


Student Prior Knowledge:
Basic cooking skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn to compare the nutrition of different products.

Instructional Procedures:


  • nutritious_snacks_recipes_1_.pdf
    A variety of recipes that may be used with the unit.
  • foods_pyramid_pizzazz.doc
    Have the students complete the student worksheet Pyramid Pizzazz. This can be done at the beginning of class each day or may be used as a home assignment.
  • nutrition_lab--popcorn_1_.doc

    Nutritious Snack Lab - Popcorn
    Begin the lab by preparing a batch of popcorn in a hot air popper. During the popcorn cooking process, discuss and/or reinforce some of the food science and/or nutritious principles involved such as:

    • Popcorn is 13.5 % moisture which the heat changes into steam; the hard kernel keeps in the moisture until the steam builds up and the pressure finally bursts the shell.
    • Popcorn is a special kind of corn grown for popping; not every kind of corn will pop.
    • Popping the corn in a hot air popper reduces the number of calories that are often added by cooking the popcorn in oil (thus allowing the consumer to make a choice).
    • Adding the salt after the popcorn is popped allows the consumer another flavor choice.

      Many types of flavoring add a lot of salt and/or sugar to the popcorn and may defeat the idea of popcorn being nutritious.
    • Popcorn can be a nutritious snack. It can be prepared in a variety of ways to better meet the dietary guidelines.

      After the popcorn is popped, allow each group of students to make one of the popcorn recipes.
  • nutrition_lab--stirfry_1_.pdf
  • nutrition_lab--stirfry_1_.doc

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Created Date :
Aug 08 2002 11:23 AM

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