Activity Introduction

If someone on TV told you what to eat, would you do what they say? What if they made a compelling argument? In this activity you’ll view some ads that explain why eating too much sugar isn’t the best idea for your health. Using some of the techniques you observed, you’ll then make your own ad.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary

Themes: 

  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Literacy, Numeracy

Tips for Parents and Carers

Focus any discussions around the intake of sugar around healthy eating. Try not to use words like ‘diet’ which can promote an unhealthy focus on body image, rather than health.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

SugarByHalf – Activist Advertising – English – Years 9 & 10

Resources Required

  • Internet-enabled device for viewing and recording videos 
  • Pencils or markers and paper OR software for creating posters (such as Word, Paint, etc.)

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

This lesson has been developed in partnership with SugarByHalf, a not-for-profit organisation, who promote action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that Australians live better, stronger and healthier lives. Their message is simple: to reduce added sugar consumption by half.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Antisugar Ads - Activity Instructions

If someone on TV told you what to eat, would you do what they say? What if they made a compelling argument? In this activity you’ll view some ads that explain why eating too much sugar isn’t the best idea for your health. Using some of the techniques you observed, you’ll then make your own ad.

Did you know that, on average, Australians consume 22 kg of added sugar every year? Consuming too much sugar is dangerous for our health, but we aren’t always aware just how much we’re taking in. On average, we consume 14-16 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Teenagers consume more than 20 teaspoons per day. The World Health Organization says we should limit our daily added sugar intake to six teaspoons for good health. To put that in perspective, there are 4 grams of sugar in one teaspoon. If something has 20 grams of sugar, that's five teaspoons of sugar!

Part A: Viewing Anti-Sugar Ads

Step 1. Watch this video:

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