In preparation of creating lessons and unit plans, I have been doing some analysis of various outcomes in the Saskatchewan Curriculum in my education classes. We have looked at outcomes for a variety of reasons such as:
- Do I understand what this outcome means?
- Do I have questions about this outcome?
- Could I find a way to teach this outcome?
- Could I connect this outcome to one from another subject area?
This week, we’ve been looking at understanding outcomes and brainstorming activities and assessments for them. Let’s look at a Health outcome from grade 5; Understanding Skills and Confidences USC5.1.
The purpose of the outcome is for the students to be able to analyze personal eating practices, or in other words, examine the world of what we eat. Students can look at why some people eat differently depending on culture, location, or preference, and what foods are better for people to eat and why.
Using the list of indicators, a teacher could create many great activities to help students understand this outcome. Here are a few of my ideas:
- Keep a food log and take pictures of the labels (when available) of the foods you eat for 1 week. Analyze labels, and find out what each section means. Calculate the daily intakes of calories, fat, sugars, sodium, and mineral contents based on the photos and compare with recommended amounts. Create a plan to adjust any overages or shortages for the next week, repeating the food log process to see if there is improvement after learning about labels and nutritional values.
- Research via the internet, videos, etc. how fast food and processed foods affects people’s nutrition. Students could do this as an inquiry project to see what types of food are the worst and what makes them so bad.
- Read about and analyze different diets such as vegan, vegetarian and paleo and compare them in a chart or diagram.
To assess this outcome, students could:
- Create a brochure to explain about what foods are healthy and which foods are not
- Do a presentation of their findings about which foods are the worst for people to eat
- Produce a music video about the dangers of processed and fast foods
- Create an advertisement to help people make better food choices by reading labels
There are a lot of fun activities and assessment methods that could be included for this outcome! You could also make many more indicators to expand upon the students’ understanding of eating practices, such as:
- Examine how media influences (advertisements) and social, cultural and geographical settings (e.g. Canada vs. France vs. Japan) affect food preparation and consumption.
- In this indicator I think that students could look at how the Canadian lifestyle differs from that of other countries and how that affects how people eat. After my travels to Europe, I know that it is a much different lifestyle where it is often easier to eat more healthy as fresh food is often more available and the pace of life is more relaxed. I would imagine that in other parts of the world this would also vary and would influence how and what people eat.
The bottom line is that through this indicator students should be able to analyze how and what people eat, and what is healthiest for their lives. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun to create a unit for this!
If you’ve read this much, you deserve a fun video! I really enjoy the Kid Snippets videos as they show such an interesting side of how young kids think and see our world. Here’s one about fast food. It doesn’t talk much about the actual food that’s being purchased until the end, which could be an interesting point to bring up with your students. Is. Dr. Pepper for kids? Enjoy!