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Module 1 - Targeting Thinking in the Classroom

Grade 7 Nutrition

The Case of Mrs. Chetty's Grade 7 class

Mrs. Chetty’s Grade 7 class are continuing their study of nutrition. Mrs. Chetty reviews the food groups with the learners. She lists the six categories shown in the food pyramid on the board. She names different foods and has the learners identify in which food group that food belongs. The class has a discussion on how different food may fit in more than one category. They analyse different foods, such as pizza and hamburgers, to see into which categories they fit.  She calls on learners to share their favourite food and identify in which food group(s) it belongs.

Mrs. Chetty asks each learner to list what they eat in a typical day. She tells them to make sure they include how many of each item. Mrs. Chetty then hands out copies of the Department of Health Food Guide Pyramid. She tells them that these servings apply to all people, but as adolescents they should make one adjustment and that is they should make sure that they eat three or more helpings every day from the dairy group to get enough calcium. Mrs. Chetty shows a chart of what it considered a serving size for each of the food groups.

Using the Food Guide Pyramid and the serving information as guides, she asks learners to compare what they eat in a typical day with what is considered a healthy, well-balanced diet. Throughout the next week Mrs. Chetty’s learners record all the food they eat and then analyse whether or not they typically eat in a healthy manner.


The Case of Mr. Horton's Seventh Graders

Mr. Horton’s Grade 7 class are learning about the basics of good nutrition. He begins today’s lesson by passing out this month’s school tuck shop menu. He tells the learners they will be working together in teams to analyse the school menu in terms of good nutrition. Their job as nutritionists will be to decide what is staying, what is going, and what else needs to be included in order to be a balanced and healthy diet.

After an introductory discussion about the six food groups, the learners are instructed to research what constitutes a healthy diet by reading their Health book, searching the Internet, talking with the school nurse, etc. in order to justify their proposed menu for next month. A few groups find the food pyramid in their Health books or on the Internet when searching for resources. Others find information about carbohydrates and protein, and some learners find information about organic foods.

As Mr. Horton walks around the room observing his learners, he notices how animated they are as they discuss, debate, and decide upon the school menu. He hears many of his learners justifying their choices with reasoned arguments backed by nutritional facts and sources. When they complete their research, they create a lunch menu for one week and submit their ideas and rationale to the school nutritionist.



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