Lesson Plan

Junk Food Jungle - Lesson

Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 4 to 6

Author: MediaSmarts


This lesson familiarizes children with the nutritional value of foods advertised on television and in magazines. The lesson begins with a class discussion about different types of foods and where snack food fits into a healthy diet. Students then compare TV’s version of a great meal to the kinds of foods that their mothers would recommend, and categorize the foods they enjoy according to whether or not they would be considered part of a healthy diet. In groups, students survey television and magazine food ads to determine what types of foods are promoted most often.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an awareness of the disproportionate amount of snack food advertisements in magazines and on TV
  • continuing awareness of the types of foods needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • a continuing awareness of the principles of balance and moderation in fitting snack foods into a healthy diet

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