Activity Introduction

In this lesson students will learn and share information about the impact of sugar on our health.


They will establish their current knowledge of the topic in a stand-on-the-line barometer activity, then work in groups to investigate information and data on the impact of consuming too much added sugar on the human body. They will create an infographic poster to display the information, then participate in a gallery walk to read and provide feedback on each other’s infographics. The lesson will conclude with a Think-Feel-Do visible thinking routine, providing students with an opportunity to reflect on their new understanding of the impacts of added sugar on the body.


Learning Intentions

  • Students understand the impact of consuming too much added sugar on the human body.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Consumption. 
  • This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HPE – Years 7-8.
  • Time required: 120 mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and student movement around the classroom.
  • Keywords: sugar, SugarByHalf, health, added sugar, poster, infographic.

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Resources Required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Enough web-enabled devices for one per group of 4-5 students
  • Agree/Disagree signs
  • Gallery Walk Feedback sheets
  • Blu-Tack
  • Gallery walk feedback forms.


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



Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand... 

  • ... the impact of consuming too much added sugar on the human body.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... create an infographic that details information about the health impacts of consuming too much added sugar.

Teacher content information: SugarByHalf ( 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, affecting brain development, sleep and ability to learn. Poor diet choices ultimately mean that this generation of children could be the first in modern history to live shorter lives than their parents.

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Student Worksheet

Student Worksheet

Below are a few tips to help you with your research project:

  • Find good data
  • Good data will support the claims made in your infographic
  • The SugarByHalf webpages include plenty of data and statistics that can be used to create the infographic - there are also a number of links to the original information sources
  • Create a structure for the data
  • This could mean starting with overarching, general information, then moving to the specifics
  • Make choices about the layout
  • Layout can include
  • Graphs
  • Images
  • Lists
  • Timelines
  • Visualised numbers
  • Each of these layouts serves a different purpose - think about the data that you’re including and how you can best tell a story with it
  • Make choices about the text to include
  • There will be opportunities to add to the ‘story’ created by the data, using small amounts of text
  • Remember to keep any text to a minimum! Nothing that can be ‘said’ with a graphic needs extra words
  • Publish and display your infographic
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