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Fast Food Maths Challenge
Can you eat healthy fast food for a day?
Key Learning
Areas
Maths Health
Key Concepts
Percentage...
Learning Intention / Overview
• Students will research a variety of take-away food menus to
examine the amount of fats, ca...
Lesson 1
• Introduce the lesson by discussing the
amount of fast food we eat and how it is
commonly conceived by the media...
Lesson 1 cont...
• For the first part of this lesson students will have a
dream fast food day where they will access the
M...
Lesson 1 cont...
• For the first part of this lesson students will have a
dream fast food day where they will access the
M...
Lesson 2
• Students today will analyse their total
calories, protein and Fats from the
previous lessons against the table ...
Recommended Daily Intake
• Essentially this table explains the minimum and maximum
amounts to meet a healthy dietary intak...
Lesson 2 cont...
• The next part of this lesson is for students to tally
up the percentage they are over for all three
are...
Lesson 3
• The next phase of this task is to try and consume a
days worth of food but this time they are aiming
to stay wi...
Lesson 4
• Students will reflect on this task by presenting
a poster or digital presentation of their
completed healthy me...
Assessment
• Assessment will take place by students
identifying the correct mathematical
strategies and procedures require...
Resources, Links & Further Reading
• For more lesson plans please visit www.edgalaxy.com
• McDonalds Nutrition Table
• Bur...
Fast Food Tally Sheet Printout
www.edgalaxy.com
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Lesson McMaths Fast Food Challenge: Recommended for students aged 11 - 16.

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This Lesson Covers both curriculum areas of Maths and Health including percentages, conversion & Calculations, Food tables, nutritional Value and Recommended Daily Intake.

I did this series of lessons earlier in the year with my students and it was one of the best learning experiences we had as we learnt a great deal about nutrition and some pretty open ended maths strategies over the course of the week that it runs for.

Students were really engaged learning about these 'fast' foods they eat regularly and the excessive amount of calories they consume if they are not selective when eating out at fast fast food venues. More so some of them were shocked at the amount of exercise required to burn off that Big Mac, Coke and Fries and really started to make the connection that 'fast food' was a 'slow slog' to burn off.

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The Learning Intentions for this lesson were.

• Students will research a variety of take-away food menus to examine the amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein contained within some of their favourite fast foods.
• Students will create a menu to eat from a variety of fast food venues for an entire day to determine if it is possible to eat a nutritional diet of fast food venues alone. Students must that they stay within recommended dietary requirements for their age.
• During this task students will be using a range of mathematical concepts and procedures and gain a better understanding of reading food labels and making sense of what they mean.
• It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of the five major food groups and the food pyramid before completing this activity.

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  1. 1. Fast Food Maths Challenge Can you eat healthy fast food for a day? Key Learning Areas Maths Health Key Concepts Percentages, conversion,& Calculations Food Tables, Nutritional Value, Recommended Daily intakes Age / Level Age 11 - 16 USA Yr 5 - 10 UK KS-3 Australia Yr 5 – 10 Duration Approx 4x 1 Hour Lessons Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  2. 2. Learning Intention / Overview • Students will research a variety of take-away food menus to examine the amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein contained within some of their favourite fast foods. • Students will create a menu to eat from a variety of fast food venues for an entire day to determine if it is possible to eat a nutritional diet of fast food venues alone. Students must that they stay within recommended dietary requirements for their age. • During this task students will be using a range of mathematical concepts and procedures and gain a better understanding of reading food labels and making sense of what they mean. • It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of the five major food groups and the food pyramid before completing this activity. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  3. 3. Lesson 1 • Introduce the lesson by discussing the amount of fast food we eat and how it is commonly conceived by the media that fast food is causing major diseases within our society such as obesity, diabetes and even cancers. • Explain to students that during this task you will be examining food labels and nutritional tables with a specific focus on identifying what our recommended daily intake or RDI means and specifically we will be looking at the amounts of fats, protein and calories. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  4. 4. Lesson 1 cont... • For the first part of this lesson students will have a dream fast food day where they will access the McDonald’s, KFC&Burger King Menus to select a day of fast food from any of these venues. Eat anything on the Menu. • The only rules are that they must not eat the same item of food twice in one day and they must have 2 food components and a drink with each meal. (i.e.: Burger, Fries and Coke. Or Soft Serve, Burger and Orange Juice.) • Students will record and tally the protein, calories and total fats on the tally sheet printout and total them at the bottom. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  5. 5. Lesson 1 cont... • For the first part of this lesson students will have a dream fast food day where they will access the McDonald’s, KFC&Burger King Menus to select a day of fast food from any of these venues. Eat anything on the Menu. • The only rules are that they must not eat the same item of food twice in one day and they must have 2 food components and a drink with each meal. (i.e.: Burger, Fries and Coke. Or Soft Serve, Burger and Orange Juice.) • Students will record and tally the protein, calories and total fats on the tally sheet printout and total them at the bottom. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  6. 6. Lesson 2 • Students today will analyse their total calories, protein and Fats from the previous lessons against the table on the next slide to determine how far over the RDI they went with their dream menu. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  7. 7. Recommended Daily Intake • Essentially this table explains the minimum and maximum amounts to meet a healthy dietary intake. Obviously calories can be burnt off through activity and exercise. Visit HealthAssist to get an idea of how much exercise is required to burn a specific amount of calories. An example of this is that you would need to do 12 solid minutes of fast paced aerobics to burn 100 calories. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com Nutrient Age 2 - 3 Age 4 – 8 Age9 – 13 14 – 18 Boys 14 – 18 Girls Protein 13 19 34 52 46 Total Fat (g) 33 – 54 39 – 62 62 - 85 61 - 95 55 - 78 Calories 1000 - 1400 1400 - 1600 1600 - 2200 2200 - 2400 2000 Source
  8. 8. Lesson 2 cont... • The next part of this lesson is for students to tally up the percentage they are over for all three areas. – I.e.: your daily intake of fat was 180 grams and the RDI was 75. you divide 180 by 75 to get an answer of 2.4 and then multiply 2.4 by 100 to get your percentage = 240% meaning you ate 2.4 days worth of fat. • Finally use the healthassist calorie calculator to calculate how much exercise you would have to do to burn off the excess calories you would have eaten. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  9. 9. Lesson 3 • The next phase of this task is to try and consume a days worth of food but this time they are aiming to stay within all the Recommended Daily Intake figures for protein, fat and calories. • The Same rules apply – no piece of food from the same store can be eaten twice and two food items and one drink must be consumed with each meal. • Students will really be challenged to meet this requirement and may need to make a number of alterations to menu before completing this task. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  10. 10. Lesson 4 • Students will reflect on this task by presenting a poster or digital presentation of their completed healthy menu and a statement addressing the following areas. • What have I learnt about food charts and Recommended daily Intake? • Name all forms of maths strategies used in completing this activity. • How might this affect what I eat in future when at a fast food store? Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  11. 11. Assessment • Assessment will take place by students identifying the correct mathematical strategies and procedures required, i.e. – 4 operations, percentages, ratios and trial and error and by the accuracy of their completed healthy table. • Assessment should also consider the reflection of key nutritional concepts explained in the students presentation and effort put into completing this task. Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  12. 12. Resources, Links & Further Reading • For more lesson plans please visit www.edgalaxy.com • McDonalds Nutrition Table • Burger King Nutrition Table • KFC Nutrition Table • Daily Food Tally Sheet • Health Assist Calorie Calculator Copyright ©2010 www.edgalaxy.com
  13. 13. Fast Food Tally Sheet Printout www.edgalaxy.com

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