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Sugar Sleuths

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

45 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Physical Education, Science
Grade: 
3, 4
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In this lesson, students learn that sugar is a complex, energy-giving carbohydrate that can be delicious to eat in moderation but harmful to the body in excess. They identify some of the chronic diseases related to the overconsumption of refined sugars and learn the health benefits of minimizing the sugar in their diet. Students see that sugar has many names, and they learn how to identify those names in the ingredients list on nutrition labels. They become sugar sleuths as they learn how to find the true sugar content of processed foods and to differentiate healthy food choices from unhealthy ones. Students consolidate what they’ve learned by identifying the amount of refined sugar in a number of food items they bring to class and visually representing that amount with stacks of sugar cubes.

Key objectives for students
Identify sugar as an energy-giving carbohydrate found in nature.
Explain that sugar comes in different forms, some natural and some refined.
Understand that overconsuming refined sugar causes health problems.
Identify strategies to prevent the overconsumption of refined sugars.
Identify and measure the amount of refined sugar in specific processed foods.
Secondary subjects
Biology, Health and Nutrition, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts, Social Studies
Topics
Carbohydrates, sugar, glucose, sucrose, fructose, artificial sweeteners, Chronic disease, Diabetes, healthy habits
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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