Activity Introduction

In this lesson, students will explore the benefits of being healthy through a Think-Pair-Share visible thinking routine.


They will be introduced to the idea that sugar is prevalent in our diets by watching a short clip that exposes the sugar content of well-known foods. They will then read and analyse an article that details the effect of sugar on our health and wellbeing. Lastly, students will consider how reducing sugar could benefit their health, reflecting on whether or not to make any changes to their own diet. 


Learning Intentions

  • Students understand the benefits of limiting sugar consumption.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Consumption.
  • This lesson is part of the wider unit of work SugarByHalf – HPE – Years 7-8.
  • Time required: 90 mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussions. 
  • Keywords: Sugar, health information, evaluation, healthy choices, health, SugarByHalf, credibility, bias. 

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Resources Required

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Web-enabled devices – enough for one per pair of students
  • Whiteboard markers
  • Paper roll (optional).


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 benefits of limiting sugar consumption.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... make connections between physical health and general wellbeing
  • ... describe one or more ways that limiting sugar consumption can benefit the human body.

Teacher content information: SugarByHalf ( promotes action to reduce sugar-related diseases so that we can 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 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

  • Why is it good to be healthy?


Now, read through one or more articles about sugar and the human body. Then use the process below to learn about how sugar impacts the human body, and draw conclusions about the benefits of eating less sugar. You will also be analysing the credibility of health messages in the article in terms of bias, reliability and validity.

  • Take out your web-enabled devices and access one or more of the articles (linked below)

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