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Energy Balance 101 - Energy Balance in Your LifeAdapting-To-The-World

  • Subject: Physical Health
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  • Grade(s): K-5
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Lesson Plan Sections


Introduction

Welcome to Energy Balance in Your Life, the first lesson in the fourth 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 examine the role that Energy Balance can play in their lives.

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Objectives

Students in grades K-2 will:
  • Examine and compare calories per serving and nutrient content in foods or beverages they recently consumed.
  • Compare calories consumed from foods or beverages consumed to calories burned from favorite activities.
 Students in grades 3-5 will:
  • Examine and compare calories per serving and nutrient content in foods or beverages they recently consumed.
  • Calculate calories burned from physical activities they recently did.
  • Make a Human Energy Balance Scale.

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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.
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 Physical Education Standards
  • Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
National Science Standards
  • Life Science
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

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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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