Today when students came back from lunch, I was just jumping into my lesson for the day. I asked everyone if they thought they would have enough energy to do 25 jumping jacks or dance for one whole minute. I got them to physically demonstrate if they could do it and there were a couple students who did not participate so I used them as an example. I said that they must not have enough energy to do anything right now and so we will talk about how we can help them get the energy they need!
Students wanted to learn about calories and what that is and so that is what the focus of today's lesson was. This is the first day that I did a demonstration but I am so glad I did because it was a hit! After we watched a video and talked about what energy is and where it comes from and how it is measured, we did a demonstration.
So, I brought in three different foods:
3) Orange Juice
I put the three foods/drinks at the front of the classroom and asked students to think about and tell me which food would have the most calories in it. Of course, their answer was the chips! I went on to demonstrate what 100 calories of each of these foods looks like.
100 calories of carrots is 2.5 cups of carrots.
100 calories of chips is 10 chips.
100 calories of juice is 1 cup.
I then asked students which food they would choose if they were very hungry but only wanted to eat 100 calories. They chose the carrots because you get way more food!
I was so pleased with how this activity went. We finished class by talking about how many calories different people need in order to live and explained why some people need more calories or energy than others.