Choice, Control, Change


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Choice, Control, Change is a curriculum that uses a scientific approach to learning about health and diets. Lessons engage students in an investigation of how scientific evidence can be used to make sound decisions about physical activity and nutrition. Lessons include examinations of energy intake and expenditure, food preference, and the food environment. Teachers are given helpful information about each topic to better prepare them for each day of instruction.

What's inside A teacher resource guide, background information, teaching tips, tools for assessment, student activity sheets and readings, a matrix that maps the curriculum to the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

Activity highlight: “Keeping the Flow” is a lesson in which students assess the impact of diet on the cardiovascular system. They experiment, in groups, and learn how the clogging of blood vessels affects the flow of blood through the body. They use “blood” prepared from cornstarch mixture with red food color. Additionally, they discover how cardiovascular disease develops and learn ways to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. Students discuss what they can do to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, including food choices, and articulate how they plan to apply what they have learned. Homework includes family interviews.

Nutrition Competencies by grade level:
Grade 6: 1b,c,e,f, 2-7
Grades 7-8: 1a-c,e,f, h, 2-7

Language: English
Number of lesson plans: 19
Amount of time per lesson: 45 minutes
Estimated total time for lessons: 14.3 hours

Format: Hard copy
Cost: Available for purchase

Cafeteria connection: No
After School: Not Reviewed

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 8

    Topics: Physical Activity, Health & Physical Education, Nutrition, Health Education

    Resource Pedagogy

    Resource Type/Classification:

    • Assessments
    • Teacher Materials
    • Reference Materials
    • Student Materials
    • Reproducibles

    Tool for: Teachers

    Beneficiary: Students