As much as I would love to take all of my students out to dinner and observe them ordering a healthy meal (they like this idea a lot), it is not a practical way to assess my students. Instead, we do an “Eat This, Not That” project. It is inspired by David Zinczenko’s book series.
First, we watch “Eat This, Not That: Fast Food Offenders” which is a Today Show segment featuring poor and healthy choices at fast food restaurants.
Then, students are divided into pairs and given the name of a fast food restaurant. They are to search online for nutrition facts and show what a healthy meal and unhealthy meal from that restaurant could look like.
I chose to use Google Presentation for this project because it is easy for students to collaborate on and easy to share with others. Our school recently received a grant for nutrition promotion that was used to purchase a television for our cafeteria. The completed project will be shared on the television for other students to see.
In the meantime, here it is for you:
Some more resources for you:
- An alphabetical listing of American fast food restaurants: Choose your students’ favorite ones that are available in your area.
- How to embed Google Docs into WordPress blog posts: This information will be helpful for other platforms as well. How cool!
- Updated A link to my checklist: Not detailed enough to call a rubric, but a checklist of items for my students to include. We talk a lot about making the slide easy to read and making the meal practical. For example: You could technically order just apple slices and water, but that would not be a real meal. The point of the assignment is to give and example of something you could really order, that is well-balanced and filling.
How do you teach healthy restaurant choices in your nutrition classes?