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Teacher Lesson Plans: Nutrient Tool Game

Nov 16, 2011
About this Lesson Plan
  • Subject: Health/Nutrition/Computer Skills
  • Duration: 20-40 minutes
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Ages: 8-13
  • Reading Levels: Intermediate
  • Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills: Basic knowledge of the My Plate or Food Pyramid, Basic computer & mouse skills

Tony's Food Gadget Nutrient Tool Lesson Plan


Topic/Task Objective  Domain and Level 
Reinforce knowledge of 
vitamins, minerals, and other 
good sources of nutrition. 
Students will associate each 
nutrient family with their daily 
Affective - Knowledge 
Promote good nutritional 
Students will explain the 
benefits of each nutrient group 
(minerals, vitamins, and 
Cognitive - Comprehension 
Reinforce the recognition of 
fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, 
grains, proteins 
Students will select a mineral, 
vitamin, or other from the 
Affective – Responding 
Promote keyboard skills 
Students will use the mouse 
the keyboard to switch 
minerals, vitamins, or other. 
Psychomotor – Coordination 
Promote healthy nutrition 
Students will classify the food 
group based on their minerals, 
vitamins, or other. 
Cognitive – Comprehension 


Nutrition Tool 
This is an enjoyable tool for your students and a fun interactive way to learn about micronutrients. 
Your students will  select nutrient families and discovering what each family has to offer.  This creative interactive nutrition tool will allow your students to see a large variety of foods with their specific vitamins and minerals.  It allows students to become more familiar with the vitamins and minerals they are choosing to eat every day.  Each nutrient will provide the following information:
  • a kid-friendly description of the benefit of that nutrient
  • how much they need daily of that nutrient
  • the foods highest in specific vitamins and minerals
Keyboard Commands For Nutrition Game: 
  • Mouse – In order to view the minerals, vitamins, and other, put the cursor on the yellow arrows and click once to see all the items for each section. 
  • Mouse – Use the mouse to switch the items on your left hand side by clicking on the left hand side of the mouse. 
 Computer and Internet access, the latest Flash and Shockwave players installed, download free from Adobe.
Teaching Tips:
Before students begin the “Nutrient Game”, have a discussion about what they eat on a daily basis.  Allow the students to keep a nutritional journal using our daily food diary and encourage them to write down everything they eat three days before the lesson.  Have the student review Interactive Food Pyramid or Interactive My Plate
1. Allow the students to discuss what they have eaten in the last three days.  
2. Discuss the Food Group Servings Learning Sheet to help students understand portions of the foods they need each day. 
3. You can go over serving sizes for the fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, fish, dairy they will see during the “Nutrient Tool Game”.  Also, go over the pronunciation of each vitamin and mineral they will see during “Nutrient Tool Game”. 
4. Use guided instruction to help the students create a chart use the daily food diary tracking sheet (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy, other) and allow students to write what they have eaten in each specific column.  This will allow the students to be more aware of what they are eating and the nutrients they are receiving from their foods.  This will give the students a good foundation for background knowledge before starting the “Nutrient Game”. 
5. Guide the students to “Nutrient Game”.  You may need to go through the game with them to help them read the names of the minerals and vitamins. As you go through the game with your student’s be sure to point out two specific items their age groups and the amount they need each day. 
Have the students pick one mineral and one vitamin from the “Nutrient Game”.  Instruct the students to do a mini research paragraph for each mineral and vitamin they have chosen.  This will create a writing segment as well as reinforcing what they have learned from the game.  After they have written a paragraph for each vitamin and mineral they have chosen, they will pick a  food item that represents their mineral and vitamin they chose. 
For the younger student, have them draw a picture of their food that represents their one mineral and one vitamin they chose. Include a 1-2 sentences about what serving you need if they are a particular age (choose the age of the students you are working with. This will allow them to connect with the activity more.) 


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Written on Nov 16, 2011Last updated on Aug 01, 2012




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