Proper eating habits are essential for healthy lifestyle, which, in turn, helps to manage stress, increases efficiency of the immune system, restores balance and makes our life calmer and better organized. Needless to say, cooking and having meals together is considered one of the most bonding and pleasant pastimes. In order to introduce the topic to the students we are sharing the teaching resources for online English classes.
The objectives of the lessons:
naming products and cooking terms in English
identifying and classifying macronutrients
defining the rules of a Mediterranean diet and listing them
comparing the rules of a Mediterranean diet with one’s own eating habits
We have had the visit of a nurse of the local NHS, who made an oral presentation to all the students of the school talking them about how to follow a healthy lifestyle, specially in terms of food and diet. She provided them with the key factors that compose a healthy diet and gave them tricks to make it as easy as possible for them and helped them when answering all the questions the students had for her. They were curious and enthusiastic about this activity! Specially those who are taking part in the project, as for them it was a really interesting opportunity to go in depth in its objectives and it was another source of motivation for them.
This year for the fifth time our school has celebrated the World Health Day. This spring, because of the lockdown, we had to organize it online. The team of teachers in charge of arranging the event were collecting the resources which afterwards were uploaded on the paddlet and students ask well as their tutors and parents were continuously encouraged to make themselves familiar with the resources. All the materials were classified into:
recipes for healthy food, which included video clips presenting healthy snacks made by the teachers
video clips about motivation and controlling emotions
presentations about the effects which smoking has got on the human body
tips on the healthy diet
pieces of advice on being fit and boosting stamina
some information about preservatives and coloring food
Finally, students took part in the virtual breakout game, during which they could check how much they had learned during the classes and from the resources collected. They did like the game and managed to break out from the surgery.
In order to
find out which food is good and nutritious for teenagers two classes took part
in a mini-project Go!Slow!No!. The 4th class started from
learning vocabulary. The children, split into groups of three, worked with food
cards. They were supposed to find between them the ones which contained carbs,
proteins, vitamins and fats. They also recognized and discussed the roles of all
the main macronutrients and vitamins. Afterwards, each group received one index
card with the information about them and had to present it in a graphic way on
all the food cards in 3 basic nutrients group
on the plate what the accurate proportions of the main nutrients groups are: 65
% carbohydrates, 25%proteins and 20% fats
‘vitamin boards’ and presenting food which is particularly rich in them
a table with ‘don’t worry, go ahead’ food, ‘carefully with that’ food and
‘under no condition’ food
a healthy fit person out of food cards and
obese, consisting of fast food one.
Additionally, we measured the content of sugar in the most common snacks and drinks. To visualize the amount of saccharine we presented it using sugar cubes and displayed bags with packages, sugar cubes and measurement calculations on the board in the hall. It did attract the attention. Probably also some thinking. Below, the link to the materials and worksheets used during the workshops.
We started realizing the project from teaching the youngest ones how to switch to healthy food. The dietician, Małgorzata Bellwon showed the pupils from preparatory class how to cut down on processed snacks, eat balanced food, stick to the schedule of 5 meals a day (the 5- finger rule ) and understand the food pyramid. What they learn as children, they will remember as adults. Unless the rules change.