Education: Unit Plan

How to eat healthy

Grade/Level Subject(s) Strand(s)
Grade 7 (Standard, Gifted) Health and Physical Education Healthy living
Overall expectation(s)
Healthy Living
D2 Making healthy choices — demonstrate the ability to apply health knowledge and social-emotional learning skills to make reasoned decisions and take appropriate actions relating to their personal health and well-being
D3 Making connections for healthy living — demonstrate the ability to make connections that relate to health and well-being -- how their choices and behaviours affect both themselves and others, and how factors in the world around them affect their own and others’ health and well-being

Essential question

What is healthy eating and what does healthy eating look like?

Lesson Breakdown
1.   Introduction
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices
By the end of this lesson, students...
  • can explain what healthy eating is
  • can explain what healthy eating looks like
Instructional strategy
  • Class discussion: "What does 'healthy' mean?" / "What does 'healthy eating' mean?"
  • Activity: Healthy eating KWL chart
Assessment for teacher
  • Healthy eating KWL chart
Assessment as student
  • Healthy eating KWL chart
2.   Canada's Food Guide
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices
By the end of this lesson, students...
  • understand what kinds of foods make up a healthy eating plate
  • understand that healthy eating is more than the foods you eat
Instructional strategy
  • Class discussion: "What information does Canada's Food Guide provide us with?" / "What does Canada's Food Guide encourage us to do when eating well?"
  • Activity: Canada's Food Guide digital scavenger hunt pts. 1 & 2
Assessment for teacher
  • Canada's Food Guide digital scavenger hunt pt. 1 (information gathering)
Assessment as student
  • Canada's Food Guide digital scavenger hunt pt. 2 (reflection)
3.   Nutrients
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices
Instructional strategy
  • Ask students, "What are the six nutrients? "Have students turn and talk with a partner, and when ready, share what the six nutrients are. These nutrients are: carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.
4.   Vitamins and minerals
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices
5.   Food labels / What's On Your Plate? (Summative)
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices
6.   Restaurants
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices
7.   Poster summative
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices
8.   Poster summative
Specific curriculum expectation(s)
  • D2.1 Eating patterns and health problems
  • D3.1 Personal, external factors in food choices