Help students learn how to make healthy meal choices by researching the nutritional information for common fast-food meals. Students collect information in a spreadsheet, then create a chart comparing fat, calories, sodium, etc. This lesson teaches important spreadsheet and data analysis skills and can be integrated into a math or technology course.
Students create a spreadsheet to record the nutritional information of a basic meal from three fast food restaurants (Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King, etc). After the data has been collected, they compare the nutritional content from the three menus and make judgments on which one is the most healthy and what options are best.
If time allows, students can create a graph or chart comparing fat, sodium, calories, etc. Teach students how to create a chart, including important elements such as a key, label, grid lines, etc. Extend the activity by asking students to research a meal made up of their favorite foods.
Create a template spreadsheet for students that includes columns for all of the necessary information they need to collect. Use Google Classroom to distribute a copy of the template for each student.
Lesson submitted by Mary Hankins, K-5 Technology Teacher, Owosso Public Schools, Michigan.
Download a free chapter of my book, The Chromebook Classroom!