This six-lesson nutrition program with a pre- and post- assessment that aligns with California education standards can easily integrate into your units on Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education. The lessons were created using a behavior-change model that allows students to apply their unique perspectives to the decisions they make every day that influence their health.
These lesson plans have been designed with fun and learning in mind to blend well with your usual instructional sequence. The curriculum is skills-based to help students apply problem-solving, reasoning and critical-thinking techniques.
Exercise Your Options teaches middle school students skills to make better choices when presented with a range of real-life issues.
This nutrition program is free for California sixth, seventh and eighth grade teachers!
Exercise Your Options aligns to the following educational standards:
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Pre-Assessment - Meet the Students
Lesson 1 - Food Group Experts
Lesson 2 - Lunch at the Mall
Lesson 3 - What's for Breakfast
Lesson 4 - Today I Ate ...
Lesson 5 - Get Moving
Lesson 6 - Overcoming Obstacles
Post-Assessment - A Brand-New Day
More for Teachers:
Exercise Your Options Video Script
Common Questions Students Ask
Expanded Opportunities/Making Connections
Commonly Miscategorized Foods
Healthy Serving Size Document
More for Students:
When Food Becomes More Than Something to Eat
Keep Moving, Keep Fit ... Nutrition and Sports
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In addition to aligning to education standards, Exercise Your Options underwent rigorous field testing with teachers and students to ensure that students gained knowledge and exhibited positive behavior change.
Read the summary evaluation report as well as the full report.
Exercise Your Options includes the following components. Reorder student workbooks each year but use the supporting materials year-to-year.
Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for middle school grades have undergone rigorous field testing to evaluate student outcomes. This process helps us to refine the lessons until they become teacher-friendly, fun for students and effective.
Here is what teachers are saying about these middle school nutrition lesson plans.
After doing the food in the mall activity, several students came to me and told me about their healthy meal choice while eating out over the weekend, thanks to the lesson.
Exercise Your Options is current, relevant, and engaging for the students. At the onset of the program, students understand why they should care about taking care of their health...and they're hooked!
I have so many kids that would never eat breakfast. After the breakfast lesson I get lots of comments about them eating breakfast and how much better they felt!
I had students coming in to tell me about their “3 out of 5” breakfast choices right before the STAR testing. Yay!
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