Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will partake in a mindfulness experience and place awareness on the food they eat and how it affects the way they feel. The task aims to encourage students to develop a holistic understanding of food and how to care for their bodies. The class will investigate the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes to understand why lifestyle choices and the foods we consume are essential to sustain good health. If type 2 diabetes does occur, the class will learn about the long-term effects of type 2 diabetes and why people must go on dialysis machines. The lesson aims to promote healthy and inspiring messages to reduce the chances of dialysis occurring and help people stay entertained while undergoing dialysis treatment.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the effects of sugar on your body
  • Students develop consideration for the different ways people can have diabetes (ie. type 1 diabetes is a type of diabetes people are born with or type 2 diabetes which is developed through life choices such as food, diet, and exercise)
  • Students identify ways to help people on dialysis treatments by creating interactive games.

21st-century skills: 

 Critical ThinkingEmpathyProblem FindingProblem SolvingSocial Skills             

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 3 & 4 HPE:

  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)
  • Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)

Syllabus outcomes: PHS2.12, SLS2.13

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 HPE achievement standards: 

By the end of Year 4, students recognise strategies for managing change. They identify influences that strengthen identities. They investigate how emotional responses vary and understand how to interact positively with others in a variety of situations. Students interpret health messages and discuss the influences on healthy and safe choices. They understand the benefits of being healthy and physically active. They describe the connections they have to their community and identify local resources to support their health, wellbeing, safety, and physical activity.

Students apply strategies for working cooperatively and apply rules fairly. They use decision-making and problem-solving skills to select and demonstrate strategies that help them stay safe, healthy, and active.

Topic: Health and Wellbeing 

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Sugar By Half.

Time required: 120 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium to engage with the students as they develop their game or prototypes.

Resources required:

  • A device capable of creating audiovisual recordings, such as an iPad or camera
  • Filter Your Future Powerpoint presentation – graphs on pages 21-24
  • Image of Damien Dialysis Dude to project on an interactive whiteboard or printed
  • Speech bubbles – ensure you have printed enough copies for each student to write a message
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.

Related Professional Development: Add partnered courses, if they are part of the project. If not, erase this line. 

Keywords: diabetes, sugar, mindfulness, human bodies.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand the effects of sugar on your body
  • ... understand the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and how it is developed
  • ... identify ways to help people on dialysis treatments by creating interactive games.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... describe the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • ... create a game that can be played by someone on dialysis or for others to learn about the effects of sugar on your body
  • ... communicate health messages relating to the effect of sugar on the body.

Teacher preparation:
Before conducting each lesson ensure you have read through the Filter Your Future Powerpoint presentation to guide you through the relevant messages about sugar and the kidneys, in order to facilitate teacher and student learning about how sugar affects health and a vital organ — the kidneys. Read and print the Filter Your Future Education Project Poster and refer to the f

- or - to view worksheets

Student Worksheet

Student Worksheet

1. Explore pages 21-24 of the Filter Your Future Powerpoint presentation

 Is there a difference between diabetes and how many people are diagnosed?

  • Observe and compare the difference between the type 1 - purple line and the type 2 - grey line
  • Remember type 1 diabetes is a condition you are born with and type 2 diabetes can develop over time, often due to poor quality food intake (processed and sugary foods), limited exercise, not enough fresh water or sleep.

Uses these guiding questions:

  • Why is there an increase in type 2 diabetes?
  • What has happened to our diet?
  • Is this linked to processed foods? And added sugar into our diet?

2. Game Plan

Write a quick brainstorm of your ideas:

  • What’s the plan? 
  • What are the details and main purpose of this game? 
  • What will make this game unique?






In the second part consider the finer details:

  • Who is the target audience?
  • What makes this game unique and fun?
  • Wh
- or - to view worksheets

Leave your Feedback

We appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you like or don't like about this activity:

Sorry. You must be logged in to view this form.