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Students use technology resources here to compare fat, sugar and calorie content of two restaurant meals in graph and table form


Computers & Internet, Math, P.E. & Health, Science  


4, 5  

Title – Restaurant Nutrition Comparison

By – Amanda

Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education

Secondary Subjects – Science, Computers / Internet, Math

Grade Level – 4-5


  • Lesson content covers basic nutritional facts, including how much of certain items are needed in the daily diet.
  • Students use technology resources to compare the fat, sugar and calorie content of two restaurant meals.
  • Students put information into graph and table form.


    National Health Education Standard: 1

    Michigan Educational Technology Standards:

    1. Use Web search engines and built-in search functions of other various resources to locate information,
    1. Compare and contrast the functions and capabilities of the word processor, database, and spreadsheet for gathering data, processing data, performing calculations, and reporting results.

Learning Resources and Materials:

  • a computer for each student with Internet access
  • an instructional handout from teacher
  • Kidspiration nutrition page “Balanced Meal” from website
  • a short presentation on the


Development of Lesson:


    • Teacher accesses prior knowledge by asking students what they know about the


    • Students then watch a short presentation on the


      . The presentation includes what the pyramid looks like and descriptions of the groups within the pyramid.
    • Teacher will also ask students about their favorite restaurants and what they like about these restaurants.

    Methods/Procedures of Activity:

      Students follow the instructions on the handout from the teacher to complete the activity by:

      1. locating two of their favorite restaurant websites on the Internet.
      2. choosing a meal that they would eat at those restaurants and recording their choices on a table.
      3. recording the amount of fat, sugar, and calories that are in each food item for each restaurant into the table.
      4. making a graph comparing the information of each restaurant.


    • Give special needs students menus from restaurants and instruct them to make the table and graph on the computer.
    • This procedure could also be made into a group activity.
    • Provide special needs (and all students) with regular, ongoing feedback and always promote their self-esteem.


      Evaluate this lesson based on the students’ ability to ascertain (and tell teacher) which restaurant meal would be the best choice for each nutritional factor based on total fat, sugar, and calories.


    • Teacher asks students to tell which restaurant would be best for them to eat at.
    • Teacher gives a short preview of the next lesson, then ask students to walk quietly back to their seats.

Teacher Reflection:

  • The teacher can reflect by asking how the lesson went.

    • One question the teacher may ask is what did the students learn if anything, and if not, how can I change the lesson so that the students do learn something.
    • Another question the teacher may ask is how did working in groups go?
    • The teacher should always ask themselves how they could have taught the lesson better.
  • While reflecting, the teacher can make notes for the next time the lesson is taught.




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