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School District:Custer
Unit of Study Title:Introduction to Nutrition
Grade Level:6-8
Time Frame:2 weeks
Key Words:food pyramid, nutrition, dietary guidelines, diet
Unit Designer:Monica Whiting
Unit Designer
Date Added:6/13/2002 4:29:17 PM
Date Last Revised:6/25/2002 11:38:08 AM
Topic Area:Health Education
Peer Reviewer:Dee VanEaton
Peer Reviewer

Brief Summary of Unit: Students will understand the relationship between nutrition and health. This unit will help the student acquire the basic “nutrition facts”. Future study and discussion will relate back to this basic information. Students will play bingo, do crossword puzzles and play other classroom games to learn this basic information. Rote practice in the variety of ways used in this unit will aid different learning styles.
Students will Understand: 1. Name the 5(6) nutrients and list their basic function in the body
2. Draw the food pyramid and label the food groups and the minimum daily requirement of each.
3. Name 5 of the 7 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
4. What is a calorie?
5. What is an empty calorie?

Link to Standards #1

Health Education
Students will use interpersonal communication skills to enhance personal health.

Indicator:Family & Consumer Science:
6.2.1 Analyze the effect of nutrients on health, appearance, job performance,
and personal/family life.
6.2.2 Examine the relationship of nutrition and wellness to individual and family
health, throughout the life span.
Benchmark(s):1. Draw and label the food pyramid.
2. Name the nutrients and their functions.
3. What are the two classifications of vitamins?
4. What are the two classifications of protein?
5. What is a calorie?
6. What are the health associations with the excess/lack of each nutrient?
Other Content Standards:Students will acquire the transferable work skills (SCAN skills) in the areas of:

Basic Skills: Reading, Writing,
Listening, Speaking
Thinking Skills: Decision
Making, Problem Solving
Personal Qualities:
Responsibility, Self-
Resources: Time, Money
Interpersonal: Participates as
a member of a Team, Works
with Diversity
Information: Acquires an
to Interpret Information,
Evaluates Information,
Organizes and Maintains
Information, Uses Computers

Other Components
Essential Questions to Guide this Unit and Focus Teaching and Learning: 1)What is the benefit of a healthy diet?
2)Why do we need each nutrient?
3)What are the sources of the various nutrients?
4)How do we plan a healthy diet
5) how do the dietary guidelines aide in menu/diet planning?
6) How do people on special diets (vegetarian...) get the necessary nutrients?
Key Knowledge and Skills Students will Acquire: 1)Students will analyze the relationship between diet and health.
2)Students will name the nutrients, their sources and basic functions.
3)Students will draw the food pyramid, label the food groups, and the recommended servings.
4)Students will discuss the dietary guidelines for Americans.

Assessment Plan: 1) Test
2) Note sheet
3) Oral questions and answers
4) Group discussion
5) Nutrition BINGO classroom game
6) Crossword review puzzles
Learning Activities: 1) Students will view the Nutrition Power Point and take notes on their note sheet. Both available on author's web page. Note sheets will be used as home/classroom study guides.
2) Students will use the computer generated BINGO cards and play the game as the teacher calls the clues from the clue cards. These cards and clues are on the author web site.
3) Clue cards can also be used to play other games (Jeopardy style, spelling bee style…) that do not have visual hints (bingo card) in front of student.
4) Students will be given web sites that have accurate nutrition information to expand their study.
6) The crossword puzzles on the author's web site can be used as instant reviews of each nutrient area.
Notes:By going to the author's web page you can download all of the support materials needed to teach this unit
Internet Resource Link:

Adapted from the the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by
Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. 1998.

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