I began by passing out the true/false "sugar" sentences to the students. Each child also had a true and false sign that they cut out.
One at a time, a student read the sentence to the class.
The student read each sentence two times so that the other students would have enough time to think.
After carefully listening to the sentences, the students held up the true card if they thought the statement was true and the false card if they thought the sentence was false.
This was a great way to keep all the students actively engaged and focused throughout the entire lesson. At the same time, it provides a great informal assessment for the teacher.
They were doing good...until this cutie read her sentence:
The average American child eats 116 POUNDS of sugar every year. Quick! What do you think??
They didn't believe me!!
I knew they wouldn't, which is why I had this proof:
Source: Family Fun
Here is a picture of all of the sugar sentences in the correct category!
For homework, I told the students to bring in a food that they wanted to give the "sugar test" to. Meanwhile, I went to Target to buy a 5 pound bag of pure sugar!
Kids brought in yogurt, almonds, "fruit" roll-ups, Skittles, Snickers, cookies....sugar galore!
We learned that one teaspoon is equivalent to 4 grams of sugar. Students used a teaspoon to measure how many grams of sugar their food contained.
Yikes!!! Look at all the sugar that the Snickers bar contains!? The "wow" and "yuck" factor were really magnified by the tall vials that I chose to use for this experiment!
We then lined up all the snacks and the amount of sugar in each snack, in order from the least amount of sugar to the greatest amount of sugar.
The almonds had the least amount of sugar: 1 gram!
The Skittles on the other hand....37 grams of sugar! (I actually really like Skittles, too!!)
Perhaps the teacher learned a lesson during this lesson! While finding more information about sugar, I learned some unfortunate news about one of my new breakfast foods.
You know how McDonald's just recently introduced their "healthy" oatmeal? Well, turns out that it has 21 ingredients and the same amount of sugar as a Snickers bar. :(
Read the whole article here: McDonald's "Wholesome" Oatmeal: Same Calories as a Snickers Bar?
Interested in the entire lesson? Click here to view the entire sugar shock lesson!
Have a great weekend!! :)