Activity Introduction

Quick summary: After watching a short video about the impacts of sugar on our bodies, students learn about SugarByHalf’s suggested sugar swaps, replacing high sugar foods with lower sugar foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Students then read a scenario set in an imaginary kingdom and work in groups to use their sugar knowledge to create a low sugar dinner banquet for the prince’s 18th birthday. After considering why it is difficult for people to give up sugar, students design a 3-step sugar reduction strategy for their school.

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand healthy and unhealthy food options
  • Students understand the importance of choice in relation to dietary options
  • Students understand the benefits of working in a team to solve problems.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingProblem SolvingTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS

  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI105)

Year 6 HASS

  • Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions (ACHASSI133)

Year 5 & 6 HPE

  • Plan and practice strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS054)

Syllabus outcomes: PHS3.12, SLS3.13, HT3-5.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Relevant parts of Year 5 and Year 6 achievement standards:

Year 5 HASS: Students work with others to generate alternative responses to an issue or challenge and reflect on their learning to independently propose action, describing the possible effects of their proposed action. They present their ideas, findings and conclusions in a range of communication forms using discipline-specific terms and appropriate conventions.

Year 6 HASS: Students collaboratively generate alternative responses to an issue, use criteria to make decisions and identify the advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others. They reflect on their learning to propose action in response to an issue or challenge and describe the probable effects of their proposal.

Year 5 and Year 6 HPE: Students access and interpret health information and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Topic: Consumption.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HASS – Years 5-6. 

Time required: 80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required:

Keywords: sugar swap, healthy, unhealthy, menu plan, strategy, sugar, SugarByHalf.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand...

  • … healthy and unhealthy food options
  • … the importance of choice in relation to dietary options
  • … the benefits of working in a team to solve problems.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … explain why certain foods are healthy or unhealthy
  • … choose healthy food options over unhealthy food options
  • … complete a teamwork task and present their outcomes.

Teacher content information: SugarByHalf (https://www.sugarbyhalf.com/) promotes 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. Eating too much added sugar is a key driver of serious health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, dementia and mental health conditions. A poor diet also puts children behind their peers, impacting their brain development, sleep and ability to learn. Poor diet choices ulti

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