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Healthy Role Modeling in Math Classrooms

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INCLUDING NUTRITION EDUCATION

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Nutrition Education in Math - Preschoolers Use nutritious foods as examples: Learning numbers Counting (1 glass of milk, 2 bananas, 3 carrots) Adding Shapes Sizes

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Nutrition Education in Math – Elementary School Use recipes or other measures of food to help teach fractions (1/2 pound apples, 1/3 cup milk). Recipes can teach conversions between measurements (i.e. 16 oz = 1 lb, 3 tsp = 1 Tbsp, etc.) Food journal activity can teach charting and percentages. Hold a taste testing and graph results. Reading and doing calculations from food labels.

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Recipe Conversion Activity Double the Rice recipe using the recipe conversion worksheet. What food groups are included in this recipe? Do you think this is a healthy recipe? Why/Why not? Salad recipe is a good, easy recipe for younger students.

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Recipe Conversion Answers

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Nutrition Education in Math – Middle/High School Double or halve a recipe to practice conversions between measurements (8 oz = ½ lb, 1 cup = 16 Tbsp). Food label calculations Statistics students can hold a cafeteria taste test and evaluate the results Have students track how many servings of food they eat from each food group for a week. Then have them create a table to organize the information.

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INCLUDING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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Physical Activity in Math - Preschool Use physical activity examples when discussing the concept of time or counting (I ran for 1-2-3-4-5 minutes!) When discussing a number, use physical activity to demonstrate/solidify the concept.

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Lets give it a try! Lets hop from dot to dot. Hop 3 times. Back to start. Hop 7 times. Which was further? How much further did you go?

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Physical Activity in Math – Elementary School Math relay races Use physical activity to help teach/reinforce basic concepts Utilize teamwork and physical activity to solve problems at the board

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Lets play! 2 + 4 = 3 x 6 = 25 ÷ 5 = 100 – 63 =

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Keep Physical Activity on Students Minds Use physical activity examples for story problems- Sam burns x calories per hour walking around the neighborhood. How many calories does he burn in y minutes? Tina lifts weights in the afternoons. She lifts weights with her arms 10 times to make a set. If she does 3 sets during her workout, how many times did she lift the weights? Have students track the amount of physical activity they get for several days. Then have them create their own chart, table or graph to organize the information.

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Physical Activity in Math – Middle/High School Talk about it… Use physical activity examples for story problems Have students track the amount of physical activity they get for a week and use it in graphing and averaging lessons. Practice conversions using the amount of physical activity students previously recorded for the week- i.e. Convert 10 hours of activity into seconds or convert 10 miles into meters.

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Middle/High School, cont. …Then do it! Play The Blob Game Have teams compete in a Math Relay Engage students with This or That

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