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FACS: Basic Nutrition (Nutri/Food)

Main Core Tie

FCS 6th Grade
Strand 1

Time Frame

2 class periods of 45 minutes each

Group Size

Small Groups

Life Skills

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication


Utah LessonPlans


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.


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


  • 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_.doc
  • nutrition_lab--stirfry_1_.pdf
  • nutritious_snacks_recipes_1_.pdf
    A variety of recipes that may be used with the unit.

Created: 08/08/2002
Updated: 02/05/2018