CALL Teaching Instructions for

“Food and Health”

Level:  Middle School or Young Adult


Time:  30 minutes

Objective: Talking about food, health and exercise (activities). Practicing numbers. Using how much and how many.

This CALL lesson could follow the classroom lesson “Food and Health” from American Shine, Book 2, Unit 4.


Activity 1- Learning About Food and Calories.

a)  Begin the lesson warm-up exercises: Trucks and cars use diesel or LPG for fuel. What does the human body use for fuel? (Food) What is a calorie? (A calorie measures potential energy. When we exercise we use our food as fuel and we burn calories. The harder we exercise, the more calories we burn. Do you know how long it takes to burn off the calories in one chocolate chip cookie? (You have to run for five minutes to burn off the 69 calories in a single cookie).

Review (or teach) relevant vocabulary found on the Student’s Page.

c)    Have students log on to:

d)    This is the calorie calculator. In blank one, choose “Other Food.” In blank two choose “Chocolate Chip Cookie.” The calculator will automatically tell you the calories, fat, etc. in a cookie. Make sure students understand decimals and how to say them. The box at the bottom tell you how long it takes to burn off the calories of the cookie doing various activities. Notice there are two numbers. The first is minutes. The second is intensity level (ignore the second number). Model and practice the dialogue below.

How many calories are in a chocolate chip cookie?

           A chocolate chip cookie has 69 calories.

How much fat is in a chocolate chip cookie?

           A chocolate chip cookie has 3.64 grams of fat.

How many minutes of running does it take to burn off (the calories in) a cookie?

           It takes 5 minutes.

How many minutes of golf does it take to burn off (the calories in) a cookie?

           It takes eleven minutes.

e)    Ask students about other activities. Then choose another food and model again. Then have students work in pairs and, using the model dialogue, ask about different kinds of food and different activities.

Activity 2 – Make a Meal Plan

a)         In this activity students will plan their meals for one day and report to their partner or the classmates (teachers may want to divide students into small groups). First, each student must find out his/her daily required calories. To do this have students log onto:

Click on the ”Metric” button to get Kg. Demostrate how to find out calories needed for one day. Teachers may also want to extend the activity to include fat, protein and carbohydrates. If so, do the same by clicking on the appropriate link to the left of the page under the heading ”Eat Right.”

b)                Have students return to the first website:

Now have them plan three meals, choosing whatever they want to eat. Main dish and desert, as well as snacks throughout the day. Have them keep track of their calories (fat, protein, carbohydrates is optional) so they do not not go over the daily requirement. Then have them report their meal plan for that day. Have them tally their calories etc. and tell the others how many calories they will eat in that day. (This is a good activity for practicing larger numbers, so teachers should make sure to have students practice saying the calorie numbers). 

Activity 3 – The Kellogg’s Kids Health and Fitness Website (Intermediate Level)

Log on to:

This website is a good forum for class discussion on Health and Fitness for kids. It’s a fun and attractive website also. There are two fun quizzes/polls that students can take. For the first, click on “Learning Quests”, then on “Everyday.” Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see two links: “Favorite Breakfast web poll” and “Favorite Physical Activity web poll.” Have students fill these out then discuss the results. There is also a quiz. It is probably best taken after discussing the topics on the “5 Ways Wheel” on the homepage. Go to “Lesson Ideas.” Scroll down until you see a link that says “Click here for Everyday Knowledge quiz.”

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