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Fast Food Nutrition Calculator: Web Quest

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.fastfoodnutrition.org/

Website Example: http://www.fastfoodnutrition.org/lesson-plans.php

More Ways

Computer(s), Internet access, projector, mobile devices (optionally)

Activity Description

Use this site to teach students to read and understand fast food nutrition facts. The site allows users to sort and search for the nutrition facts of popular fast food restaurant menu items. Use the Web quest for a class activity or create life-skills reading handouts based on the Web site.

Preparation

  1. Use this site to create materials when teaching about food, health, diet, and nutrition.
  2. Pre-teach needed grammar: comparatives and superlatives and comparing words (more, less, etc).
  3. Teach necessary food label vocabulary (healthy, fat,sodium, cholesterol, carbohydrates, calories, protein, etc.).
  4. If you plan to have students use the site, make sure that it is not blocked at your school and practice using the site yourself to anticipate challenges and difficulties.
  5. Use the Webquest handouts, which can be downloaded and printed. One is for middle school students [PDF], which would be appropriate for beginning and intermediate adult ESL students, and the other is for high school [PDF], which can be used with advanced ESL students.
  6. Go through the Web quest yourself to anticipate student difficulties and to find the answers to the questions. An answer key is not provided.

How-To

  1. Handout the Web quest you decided to use.
  2. Have students work individually or in pairs to use the Fast Food Nutrition Calculator  to complete the Web quest worksheet.
  3. Demonstrate how to use the site by projecting it.

Teacher Tips

  • The site is also optimized for mobile devices, so students can use the nutrition calculator anywhere. Show them how to use their devices to access the site.
  • The site has advertisements so be sure to teach your students how to avoid them.

More Ways

  • Have students research the nutritional value of a meal that they would typically eat at one of the fast food restaurants and write a report, make a chart, or create an oral presentation on their findings.
  • Students could also use the site information to compare the nutritional value of two menu items at different restaurants, or two complete meals at two different restaurants.

Documents

Levels

  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (1.6) Understand consumer protection measures
  • (1.2) Use information to identify and purchase goods and services
  • (1.1) Use measurement and money

Basic Communication

  • (3.6) Understand basic health and medical information
  • (3.5) Understand basic principles of health maintenance

Basic Communication

  • (6.1) Compute using whole numbers
  • (6.0) Demonstrate pre-computation skills
  • (6.7) Interpret data from graphs and compute averages

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
  • (7.7) Demonstrate the ability to use information and communication technology
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.