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Instructional Materials in Nutrition

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Nutrition. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Digestive System Theme Page

Eating Disorders Theme Page


General Nutrition Resources

The WWW sites linked to from this page provide practical assistance for Nutrition teachers wanting to use the Internet as part of their classroom planning/instruction. Please read our disclaimer.

AskERIC lesson Plans - Health Education: Nutrition
More than 10 lesson plans designed for primary and intermediate grades.

Cardboard Cognition
A collection of card and board games organized by subject and grade levels (K-College).

Columbia Education Center's Mini Lessons
The following lesson plans focus on an issue of nutrition and digestion. They are organised alphabetically with the recommended grade levels.

Food for Thought
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students "explore various nutritional components found in foods to analyze their sources, effects on the human body, and relationship to a healthy diet. Each student researches a different nutritional component and then creates an informative poster incorporating the research." They use a New York Times article as a starting point for their explorations.

Food Risks: Perceptions vs. Reality
A series of 8 lessons plans for high school students prepared by the US Food and Drug Administration to promote food risk awareness and understanding.

Kids Food Cyber Club
Kids Food Cyber Club has three sections, one for Kids (Grades 3-5), Parents and Teachers. The kids section has mini-lessons on food, nutrition, and health. The teachers' area contains a downloadable Teachers' Guide containing lesson plans for all of the Kids' units, and complementary, in-class activities and worksheets.

Leafy Greens Integrated Lesson Plan
Nutrition topics within Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science lesson plans for grades 3-5.

Nutrition Expedition: Trail Guide for Teachers
This index page allows you to choose between Elementary, Junior Secondary or Secondary activities. The pages are designed with suggested activities and with links to specific sites.

Nutrition in the Garden
The premise of this web page is that a fun way to teach children about nutrition is through gardening. In addition to basic facts about nutrition therefore, the developers have provided resources for teachers interested in including gardening within the school curriculum. In particular, look through their sections on "Gardening Ideas" for suggested activities.

Responsible Healthy Life Styles: Nutrition Education
A complete Nutrition Curriculum for K-6 students developed by Utah State Office of Education. Contains 30 separate teaching units, each with lesson plans, resources, suggested activities, etc.

Serve up Classroom Nutrition Activities
Internet-based nutrition activities for students across the subjects and across the grades from Education World.

Taking Care of Me
A mini-unit for K-1 students which suggest various multi-disciplinary food-related learning activities.

Too Much of a Sweet Thing
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students use a NY Times article as a starting point to "examine the growing prevalence of processed sugar in the American diet, first through a demonstration that makes graphically clear the amount of sugar an average boy and girl consumes on a daily basis. They then will explore the issue in greater depth through the featured article. Finally, student teams will devise illustrated posters for a Sweet Health campaign, aimed at persuading other children and parents of the potential dangers of processed sugar over-consumption and the value of healthy eating alternatives."

You Are What You Eat
In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students "evaluate their eating habits, focusing on the ways in which one assesses whether or not his or her diet is nutritious. Students work in small groups to design a menu for a healthy lunch and write a paragraph justifying their choices." They use a New York Times article as a starting point for their explorations.

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