More lesson ideas for ‘Big Picture: Food and Diet’
Suggestions for using the issue in the classroom
This issue explores current research and associated societal issues about food production and consumption. Our main lesson ideas for this issue focus on the food policy issues around eating animals and food miles. Here are some ideas for further activities you could do in class. If you do any of these activities, we’d love to hear from you – please send any materials or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create your own infographic
In this issue, we provide all sorts of facts presented as an infographic. Students may like to further research different aspects of food and diet using our further links and create their own infographic to show their findings.
A day in the life of…
Students should make a record of everything they eat in a day (being as honest as possible) and then investigate either diet in a different country or diet from a different period of history and compare. Which is more nutritious?
Launch an advertising campaign
Lots of adverts for food items make claims about the scientific or nutritious benefits of the product. We have produced articles that explore some of the myths around foods and give links to more information:
- Do we need to take vitamins?
- Is there such a thing as a ‘superfood’?
- Is eating salt bad?
- Which weight-loss diets work?
- Do ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria exist?
Students can explore this information and create their own adverts (posters or films) using accurate science.
Debate about diet in schools
There is debate around feeding pupils a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids to improve brain function (see our ‘Diet and behaviour’ article). Students could research the effect of this and debate for or against the notion, “Schools should only serve lunches high in omega-3 fatty acids”.
Find out how much vitamin C is in fruit juice
The Practical Biology website has lots of ideas for practical investigations. Students could measure the vitamin C content of fruit juices or investigate the protein content of powdered milk.
The ‘Big Picture’ website features an animation about atherosclerosis. Watch this to see how blood clots form inside blood vessels and research more about this condition using the following links:
Students could then design a campaign to encourage people to eat a healthy diet based on what they find out.
Watch bread being made
Find out how bread is made from just flour, water, yeast and salt by watching our film. Think of other examples of foods that are produced using microorganisms (eg Quorn) and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of producing food in this way – or even have a go at making your own bread or yoghurt.Lead image:
Catherine Sharman/Flickr CC BY