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Energy Balance 101 - Food and EnergyAdapting-To-The-World

  • Subject: Physical Health
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  • Grade(s): K-5
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Introduction

Welcome to Food and Energy, the first lesson in the second module of the Energy Balance 101 curriculum.

The Energy Balance 101 curriculum is brought to K-5 educators by the Together Counts™ program, a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living.  The main principal behind the Together Counts program is Energy Balance: balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn.   

The Energy Balance 101 lesson plans are divided into four modules, each consisting of standards-based lessons and hands-on activities to bring Energy Balance to life for your students. The lessons in each module are customized for two grade bands: K-2 and 3-5. 
  • Module 1 - An Introduction to Energy Balance: Learn how to make choices for an active, healthy lifestyle. (K-2, 3-5)
  • Module 2 -  Energy In: Explore the food side of the Energy Balance Scale and set the stage for students to make sound, confident decisions about their health. (K-2, 3-5)
  • Module 3 - Physical Activity: Investigate the Energy Out side of the Energy Balance Scale and learn about the benefits of being active. (K-2, 3-5)
  • Module 4 - Ready, Set, Balance!: Apply the Energy Balance concept to students’ own lives. (K-2, 3-5)

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Overview


Students will learn how food and beverages give them the energy they need to work and play.

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Objectives

Students in grades K-2 will:
  • Be introduced to the role of calories in giving us energy.
  • Rank several foods and beverages by the amount of energy we could get from them.
  • Give reasons why one person might need more energy than another.

Students in grades 3-5 will:
  • Be introduced to the role of calories in giving us energy.
  • Rank several foods and beverages by the amount of energy we could get from them.
  • Give reasons why one person might need more energy than another.

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Standards Connections

National Health Education Standards
  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
National Reading/Language Arts Standards
  • Standard 5: Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Standard 12: Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
National Science Education Standards
  • Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal health

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Lesson Outline

To view the complete lesson, select the appropriate grade band below:

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Energy Balance 101 Curriculum


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Additional Resources

  • TogetherCounts.com:  Check out this one-stop web portal that provides schools and families with free tools for active, healthy lifestyles.  

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