This lesson is a fun and engaging way to talk about what you should fill your plate with.
What's on Your Plate: Chips Activity
Students will investigate the amount of fat, salt, and number of serving in a variety of chips/snack foods.
- Collection of 40+ chip bags. They need to be a variety of different types, some of the healthy variety (baked, vegetable chips, etc), as well as the typical corner store chips.
- calculators (optional)
- Flamin' Hot Cheetos (2.5 serving size bag)
- large paper clip
- clay or potato
- lighter or matches
- Begin by asking students what information is available on the nutrition labels.
- Put either an overhead transparency or cheeto bag under a document camera with the nutrition label from the 2.5 serving size bag.
- Go over the chip investigation sheet by doing the first one together, talking about the number of calories in 1 serving and then multiplying it by 2.5, locating the salt/sodium, fat, etc.
- They will then choose 9 other chip/snack bags or containers and work on them independently. Afterwards they can put them in order of "healthiness" based on their own judgement.
- As a whole class, do a demo of a chip burning. Put the straightened paper clip through the center of the length of a hot cheeto. Light from the bottom of the chip. Have one student time the amount of time it actually burns. (point out the fat dripping off the chip)
- Have the students write a reflection about the activity.