In this lesson, students will use a simulation to observe and manipulate the factors that affect weight over time.
- Students will learn how food and exercise work together to determine weight loss, gain, or maintenance over time and that a balance is needed.
- Students will discover how their daily intake of calories from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats compares to the recommended daily allowance for middle school age.
- Students will learn that daily exercise will raise their basic metabolic rate (BMR), calories burned while at rest.
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR)
- carbohydrates (carbs)
- percent body fat
- Four Food Groups
About the Lesson
Adapted from a PhETTM simulation, this lesson involves students using TI-Nspire technology to simulate, observe, and manipulate the factors that affect weight over time.
As a result, students will:
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- Reinforce understanding of the interaction between food intake and exercise on weight gain and how they can utilize tools to help them make good choices.
- Understand that maintaining an optimal weight is important to maintaining good health and that a balance is needed between eating and exercise.
- Recognize that they should follow expert recommendations for food and exercise types and amounts.