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Wonder Wheel! Food for Healthy Kids and a Healthy World

Lesson Description:
wonder wheelIn this three-part lesson, your students will explore what makes food healthy for them, their community, and the environment. To learn about these concepts, students will participate in activities that include making cottage cheese and participating in a food package redesign competition.  At the end of the lesson, students will design and create their own “Wonder Wheels” depicting healthy food choices.  Students will demonstrate how to make healthy choices for themselves, Their communities, and the environment by making a personal “Wonder Wheel" of foods. Students will evaluate personal food choices by using the information on nutrition labels to rank foods from the healthiest to the unhealthiest. Students will be able to explain the benefits of food cooperatives by creating and performing skits that demonstrate how cooperatives operate. Students will apply the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) by creating a more sustainable food packaging design.
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Experiment
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Economics
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
4 or 5 class periods
Materials Needed:
  • Wonder Wheel! Classroom Presentation 
  • Wonder Wheel! Student Handout
  • Sticky notes
  • One gallon of 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup vinegar  
  • Two-gallon pot
  • Heat source
  • Thermometer
  • Colander
  • Large mixing bowl and spoon
  • Nutrition labels from foods typically eaten by students
  • Egg carton, plastic or cardboard
  • Cardstock or used manila folders
  • Paper fasteners  

School or Group:
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf WonderWheelTeacherGuide.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf WonderWheelStudentGuide.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf WonderWheelPresentation.pdf
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