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MATH IN OUR WORLD LESSON PLAN

TEACHER NAME: Ms. Mallory Chester and Ms. Erin Lonsdale


LESSON SUBJECT: Math/Physical Health and Education
LESSON TITLE: Math in Our World- Averaging our Calorie Intake
GRADE: 8
LESSON DATE: TBA

RATIONALE
This is an introductory lesson to a unit that focuses on math, more specifically averages, in
relation to physical health and education. It is intended to be cross curricular, and therefore
should be taught in cooperation with math and physical education & healthy living teachers. This
lesson will start with a basic introduction to using averages and will then move on to introduce
the calorie tracking assignment. Students will take what they have learned about using averages,
and begin to think about how they will use this to average the information recorded in their
tracker. Our goal of this lesson is to make students aware of what they are putting into their
bodies, and how that affects their overall health.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
Big Idea
- Analyzing data by determining averages is one way to make sense of large data sets and
enables us to compare and interpret (Mathematics 8).
Content
- Sources of health information (Physical Health and Education 8).
Curricular Competency
- Reasoning and logic to explore, analyze, and apply mathematical ideas (Mathematics 8).
- Assess factors that influence healthy choices and their potential health effects (Physical
Health and Education 8).
- Reflect on outcomes of personal healthy-living goals and assess strategies used (Physical
Health and Education 8).
- Reflect on mathematical thinking (Mathematics 8).
LEARNING INTENTIONS
- Students will effectively use technology, more specifically a health App of their choosing, to
find information on the calories in the food they are consuming.
- Students will begin to keep a daily tracker that actively reflects the food they are consuming, as
well as the calorie information for that food that they have found using the App they have
chosen.
- Students will learn about how to find averages, and begin to think about how they will average
their calorie intake after they have recorded in their log for the week.
- Students will think about the implications of a healthy diet, and how they might reflect on this
at the end of the week using the information and averages they have collected using their calorie
tracker.

PREREQUISITE CONCEPTS AND SKILLS


- A basic knowledge of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles: students have been introduced to the
idea of calories, and how their calorie intake affects their overall health.
- A background knowledge in basic addition and division.

MATERIALS AND RESOURCES (REFERENCES) NEEDED FOR THIS LESSON


- Chromebooks (for students to access the assignment page): one per student if possible, will need
to book the Chromebook cart ahead of time
- Hard copies of the assignment (1 per student)
- PowerPoint (including: examples of Apps to be used, examples of log/averages
section/reflection)
- Assignment Rubric (1 per student)
- Averages worksheet (1 per student)
- Hard copies of the calorie tracker (1 for the week, 1 for the weekend- 1 of each per student)

DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION (ACCOMMODATIONS)


Students will have the option to track their calories on their hot copy of the tracker, or on
a computer tracker (the template will be provided on the project website)

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION


Students will fill out their calorie tracker completely, and provide the calorie count for
each food item they list.
Students will complete the averages worksheet, showing that they are able to calculate
the mean/average of their weekly calorie intake.
Students will complete a reflection on the results of their tracker/average worksheet.
Through this reflection students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of
using math to find the mean/averages of their results, as well as an understanding of their
results in comparison to Health Canadas suggested calorie intake for their
age/gender/activity level. Students will show that they have considered their results in
relation to their overall health.

LESSON & PROJECT ACTIVITIES


TEACHER ACTIVITIES STUDENT CLASS MANAGEMENT
Introduction ACTIVITIES CONSIDERATIONS
-Teacher will introduce
project. -Keep in mind that this is a
-Give brief lesson on finding -Students will have 4 project that will mostly be
the average/mean of a set of steps to complete for this completed outside of class, and
numbers, which they will use assignment this lesson is for getting the
later on (on PowerPoint) students prepared to compete the
-Use CIDI question (1-2) to project, as well as giving them
confirm understanding class time to work on it.
Body: -More time may be needed to
-Teachers will provide further examine the use of
students with resources they -Students will complete mean/averages if students
could use to complete their CIDI questions before struggle with the CIDI questions
calorie tracker, and be moving on to project
Step 1:
available to approve others if -Students choose their -Some students may be done
students come with their own resources (using parts of the project while others
chromebooks) they want are working on it during class
to use for this project (ex. time. We would need backup
-Teachers should give students MyFitnessPal) They will activities or continuations for this
class time to work on this part required to download and unit plan/project so that we
of the assignment because make an account on this ensure everyone has something
they will likely have app. to work on.This will hopefully
questions, and it will be a time Step 2: minimize any issues around
consuming portion. -The second step is the behaviour.
largest part of this lesson.
Students will be required
to make a 7 day food log,
with everything they
eat/drink, and record the
calories that go with it all.
-They will add up all of
their calories at the end of
each day, and have a total
at the bottom with all the -Students may also have a
food they ate. difficult time working on this for
Step 3: a whole class, so we may need to
-Step three is for students prepare brain breaks.
to create a table with their
average number of
-Teachers should be available calories consumed for the
to answer questions, and give week. This is an easy
class time to compete/revise step; Students will add up
this reflection ALL of their calories for
the week combined, then
divide it by 7 (number of
Conclusion: days).
-Go over Rubric for Step 4:
assignment, give time for -The last step of this
students to fill out what they project is for the students
have eaten so far using their to write a reflection about
tracking App that they have their experience making a
chosen food log and their
thoughts on calories.
Would they change their
diets, and why? (See
criteria on Weebly)
Introduction Students will be required
An introduction to this larger to practice averages as a
assignment will be to teach the class with numbers
students about averages. Since provided by the teachers.
this is a portion of the Students will be required
assignment, getting the to follow along on on the
students comfortable with Weebly page we created ,
calculating averages will be that has examples and full
important before telling them instructions with the
about the assignment in its Chromebooks. Students
entirety. can take additional notes
if they need to (if it helps
Body them remember the
The main portion of this instructions).
lesson will be to explain this Students should ask any
project/assignment. We want questions if they have
to make sure students are them and ensure they
completing comfortable with leave with a clear idea of
all aspects of this project what this project entails.
before leaving this class, so They should also use the
they can begin to work on it Chromebooks
right away. appropriately and find
resources they would like
Conclusion to use.
We will answer all questions
students have about this
project before the end of the
period, because we want them
to be very clear about the
criteria. If we have time at the
end of the lesson, we will also
give students the opportunity
to explore some resources on
the Chromebooks if time
permits.