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FoodFocus Lesson Plans:

Lesson plans consist of curriculum expectations, a teacher copy of the lesson plan including answers to problems and a student copy suitable to be distributed to students. The FoodFocus teacher version installation CD includes both Word and pdf format versions of the following lesson plans.



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One Food at a Time
Designed for students with no previous exposure to FoodFocus, this lesson acts as a tutorial showing each step to answer questions about the nutrient content of foods. It demonstrates simple but powerful methods to select foods "by Type" and to do searching and sorting.




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Nutrients in Individual Foods
Students answer questions about nutrient content of individual foods in two lesson plans provided by Jenell Wiebe, Louis Riel School Division, Winnipeg. Note that the correct answer to Question #3 in the Finding Nutrients in Individual Foods lesson depends upon the FoodFocus setup which controls which nutrients are displayed.




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Searching and More
Students complete a nutrition questionnaire using additional FoodFocus capabilities ("by Search", "by Nutrient") and explore nutrient recommendations.




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Exploring Sugar
Students explore added sugar in beverages, total sugar in cereals, and how total and added sugar content in foods are related to nutrient density. This lesson plan requires FoodFocus version 3.5 with Total Sugar and Added Sugar nutrients selected for display.




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Eating Counts
Students compare their one day food intake to Canadian DRIs and explore changes to make their diet healthier.




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Feeding a Family
Students plan healthy meals for a family in which one member has a special dietary concern and there are budgetary considerations.




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Before Convenience Foods
Students prepare a food list for an aboriginal family based on traditional foods and consider past and present nutrition and health concerns for aboriginal people.



Developing Lesson Plans for FoodFocus:

Many teachers prefer to develop their own lesson plans. Some approaches teachers may wish to consider were discussed in FoodFocus presentations at professional development conferences.



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A Presentation on Developing Lesson Plans for FoodFocus
The portion of a presentation at a provincial workshop that dealt with lesson development for FoodFocus is available in the linked document. It is not particularly exciting but it does indicate a general approach to applying FoodFocus first to simple questions and then moving toward more complex assignments. This portion of the presentation was not intended as a stand-alone and self-explanatory document, but you may still find it useful.



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