Collect enough cereal boxes to have one for every two students.
Have students work in pairs. (Which is why I am posting this early, all of us teachers who haven't started back to work have to locate our own boxes!)
Part One: Have students complete a questionnaire guiding their reading of the cereal:
Cereal Box Questionnaire
Looking at your cereal box, answer the following questions:
1) What is the name of the cereal: _________________________________________________
2) Who manufactures your cereal: _________________________________________________
3) Are there any health claims written on the front of the box? Copy them here.
4) Do you think this cereal is marketed for children or adults? Why?
5) Look at the nutrition facts on the panel of this box. List three nutrients (vitamins or minerals) that this cereal provides.
6) What is the ratio of fibre to sugar in this cereal? ______________________________________
7) What is the ratio of fibre to calories for this cereal? ____________________________________
8) What is the ratio of calories to fat in this cereal? _______________________________________
9) What is the ratio of calories to sugar in this cereal? _____________________________________
10) Is there a prize or special offer included with the purchase of this cereal? __________________
Have students do an informal comparisons of each groups' work. Students will start to notice patterns about healthy options.
In their original pairs, students will use scissors, glue, markers and a 10" X 18" sheet of any colour construction paper.
Students should cut out a large paper bowl and spoon. Cutting out the nutrition facts from the cereal box, students need to glue this onto the paper bowl. Have the partners write the cereal name on the bowl. Collect all finished bowls. ( You will use them as a bulletin board at the end of task 3)
|My camera is broken so I can't post photos for a week or so....Here is some clipart (source) that is similar to my work.|
Redistribute the paper cereal bowls with the nutrition information.
Using data from the nutrition boxes and the completed questionnaires, have students continue to work with the numbers on their nutrition panels.
I've provided a few questions to get you started. However, I find the questions students generate themselves are more important.
a) How many fewer calories are there in the cereal when eaten without milk?
b) Does the use of milk help provide more nutrients to the breakfast? Explain using numbers.
c) What if someone used Almond milk or Soy Milk rather than Dairy milk? How would that change the nutritional data? (You'll need to have a student look up this information or have it prepared before hand.)
Have students write out fact they discovered about their cereal on their paper bowls.
Collect the paper bowls and display them on a bulletin board titled "Nutritious Math".
ps (I encourage students to bring dry cereal as a cheap, relatively healthy snack so having some cereal on hand - Cheerios is a great one - can kick this habit off too.