Food, Energy and Body Weight

High schoolers learn why humans need calories, how they control weight with food choices, and the impact of exercise on energy. Scholars then apply their understanding to a case study of lunch choices and exercise.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a doctor to speak to students about safe weight control
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of how bodies use food to provide energy and which atoms and molecules bodies require for growth and repair
  • Refers to calories (lower case) when referencing Calories (upper case = kilocalories)
Pros

  • Links to extension lessons and ideas
  • Relates to daily life
Cons

  • None
NGSS